Mark Zinde’s assault and murder cases to be heard jointly

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Murder accused Mark Warona Zinde.Image: Masi Losi/Pretoria News

Murder accused, Mark Zinde received news on Wednesday in the Brits Magistrate’s Court that the two charges levelled against him will be centralized.

The murder trial proceedings were held in the Brits Magistrate’s court in the North West, while the assault trial was held at the Vereeniging Magistrate’s court in Gauteng.

According to a Brits court official, the decision to centralize the two charges faced by the 23 year old murder accused is owing to the fact that he is set to undergo psychiatric evaluation again at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital.

This is not the first time the defence applies for the accused to under psychiatric observation as his first application was declined when the hospital reported that Zinde suffered from no mental illnesses when he allegedly murdered his mother and was fit for trial and court proceedings.

However, Francois Joubert, Zinde’s lawyer refuted the psychiatric assessment and stated that his client ought to be re-evaluated, also stating he was waiting for a referral letter from Zinde’s own doctor.

The accused will appear at the Brits Magistrate’s court on 24 January 2016 where Zinde will apply for admission at the said psychiatric facility as well as also get a High Court date after the NPA decided to centralize the two matters.

Mark Zinde is faced charged of murder after it is alleged that he killed his mother, former SABC news anchor, Hope Zinde. He faces an additional charge of assault after it is also alleged that while he was out on bail for his murder trial, he assaulted his father, Dr Lebogang Mohale Menoto with a glass in his face.

The Brits magistrate’s court then revoked the R10 000 bail which Menoto has paid for his son and was sent back to prison for violating his bail conditions.

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