Date: 10 May 2022
According to his lawyer, an ex-police officer suspected of murdering a police officer and two patients at Cape Town's New Somerset hospital is suicidal.
Jean-Paul Malgas, 39, of Vredenberg, staggered into the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, handcuffed and chained.
He was standing at the balustrade, slightly dazed.
Magistrate Ronel Oliver questioned why he was shackled and in leg irons, saying it was unusual.
However, prosecutor Adnaan Gelderbloem said it was a pre-arranged arrangement that was "in the best interests" of Malgas' and those in the courtroom's safety.
Malgas is charged with three counts of murder, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and robbery.
The robbery charge arises from accusations that he stole Constable Donay Phillips' handgun as he was guarding a man at the hospital on Saturday night.
Phillips and two other patients were shot and killed at the hospital.
Phillips was disarmed and shot in the head while investigating a ruckus in another ward, according to reports.
The patient Phillips was guarding was not involved in the incident, according to police.
Shaun Balram, Malgas' lawyer, told the court that his client was suicidal and suffering from "serious depression."
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The magistrate inquired as to why the accused's arms were plastered, to which the State replied that they were owing to medical treatment.
Neither Balram nor Gelderblom agreed to allow images of Malgas to be taken, nor to have the case broadcast live.
Live streaming and photography were restricted by Oliver. This is due to the fact that the investigator still needs to perform an ID parade and interview more witnesses.
Malgas withdrew his appeal for bail.
Malgas limped back down to the holding cells for his transfer to Pollsmoor Prison after the case was postponed until June 30 for further investigation.
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