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Lovisha: Suspects Arrested

The following article appeared in the Sunday Times, a South African newspaper on November 3, 2002.


Lovisha murder accused tells of 'hearing voices'

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Taschica Pillay

A TEENAGER accused of raping and murdering Durban schoolgirl Lovisha Persad is suffering from hallucinations and nightmares, according to a district surgeon's report.

The 16-year-old Grade 10 pupil of Dr A D Lazarus Secondary School, who appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Friday, told a district surgeon that he hears voices saying, "I am coming for you. I want to poke you many times."

Dressed in white jeans and a blue sweater, the teenager appeared in court with his co-accused, Msawenkosi Sigedle, 23.

Persad, 14, of Reservoir Hills, was found dead with more than 100 stab wounds in a park on August 31.

A Grade 9 pupil at Dr A D Lazarus Secondary School, she left her home in Whittaker Avenue on the evening of August 30 to buy cake from a shop some 200 metres away.

The teenage accused was arrested last Thursday at his home in Reservoir Hills, and Sigedle was arrested last Saturday.

A district surgeon who examined the teenager on Friday recommended that he be committed for observation.

He said in a report the teen-ager was "unfit to stand trial until fully assessed by a psychiatrist".

Magistrate Jean Jay ordered that the teenager be sent for mental observation.

Prosecutor Jan Buitendag asked that the case be postponed to December 3. Sigedle was remanded in custody.

CHAKRA 13 November 2002

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