Zinde had been referred to the Weskoppies psychiatric hospital in Pretoria three times since his arrest two years ago. Psychiatrists declared him fit to stand trial after the first two observations. His defense opposed the findings and on Friday the Gauteng High Court declared him mentally ill and he was committed to a mental institution.
Psychiatrists from Weskoppies have now found he was a danger to himself and others after it was established that he suffered from schizophrenia and presented with narcissistic and other personality disorders, based on brain scans and other tests. This follows after his legal team was unable to communicate with him and a private psychiatrist said he believed Zinde suffered from schizophrenia. A new panel of psychiatrists diagnosed him as a schizophrenic who was unable to follow court proceedings.
He will be detained at a psychiatric institution indefinitely or until psychiatrists find that he is fit to be released back into the community. However, a judge will make the final decision on his freedom. For the time being he will be held at a prison hospital until a bed at a psychiatric institution is available.
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The body of his mother Hope (50), was discovered in the boot of her Range Rover at her house in Pecanwood on 11 June after a family member alerted the estate’s security and police when Mark would not let them into the estate. She was last seen five days before the gruesome discovery.
Zinde was released on bail but was arrested again two months later for allegedly assaulting his father and stepmother with whom he was staying.
His mother’s family, who has been insisting all along that Zinde was mentally ill, was in court to support him.