Dros rapist has history of mental illness, his defence argues

South Africa

Dros rape-accused Nicholas Ninow appeared in court this morning for his third bail hearing, he walked into court with his hoodie on.

The court was adjourned following the postponement of the matter to November 28 and the accused has been allocated a bed at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria.

This is after recommendations were made by the state prosecutor Sanet Jacobson who said that, in the interest of justice, Ninow will be sent to Weskoppies for psychiatric evaluation.

According to his lawyer, Ninow has had a history of mental illness and started using drugs at the age of 14. The defence further said that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013 and had spent time in rehab for substance abuse.

The man accused of rape had attempted suicide several times due to depression caused by the bipolar disorder, said his defence.

The defence asked for an additional psychiatrist and psychologist to assess the accused, which was granted by the courts. He will be assessed by four different psychiatric experts.

In September, Ninow was arrested for allegedly raping a seven year old girl in the bathroom of a restaurant – Dros, in Pretoria on a Saturday.

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