Murder Accused Suffers from Several Mental Disorders

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BYLINE: KAREN BREYTENBACH Justice Writer

ACCOUNTING student Jacobus Eksteen knew it was wrong to murder fellow Matie Erin van Rensburg, but could not stop himself as he viewed his actions towards her as "predestined inevitability", a top forensic psychiatrist has found.

Eksteen suffered from a number of mental disorders which were viewed as grounds for lack of criminal capacity.

Eksteen's defence counsel, Francois van Zyl, SC, presented these findings of Valkenberg Hospital forensic psychiatrist Larissa-Panieri Peter to the Western Cape High Court yesterday to ask for his client's referral to Valkenberg for 30 days' observation by a panel of experts to determine if he was fit to stand trial.

State advocate Samantha Raphels did not object. Judge Jeanette Traverso was satisfied with the arrangement.

Eksteen is currently being held in Pollsmoor Prison.

The 24-year-old faces charges of murder, kidnapping, two counts of rape and assault.

Van Zyl said Panieri-Peter had after 25 hours of consultation with Eksteen come to the conclusion that he had a "technical appreciation of the wrongfulness of the alleged offences". …