New Somerset Hospital, where two patients and a police officer were shot.

PHOTO: Gallo Images / Brenton Gitch

  • The former police officer briefly appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court.
  • Jean-Paul Malgas is accused of killing three people at New Somerset Hospital.
  • He is arefused his motion for bail.

According to his lawyer, a former police officer accused of killing a police officer and two patients at New Somerset Hospital in Cape Town is prone to suicide.

Handcuffed and handcuffed, 39-year-old Jean-Paul Malgas of Wredenberg limped to the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

He stood by the balustrade, looking a little depressed.

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Judge Ronel Oliver asked why he was in handcuffs and in handcuffs, adding that this was not the norm.

But prosecutor Adnaan Gelderblum explained that it was a pre-agreed arrangement that was “in the best interests” of the security of Malgas and those in court.

Malgas has been charged with three counts of murder, three counts of illegal possession of firearms, one count of illegal possession of ammunition and one robbery.

The accusation of robbery is related to the allegation that he took a firearm from Constable Donna Phillips, who was guarding Manat Hospital on Saturday night.

Phillips and two unidentified patients were shot dead in hospital.

It is clear that Phillips went to investigate the riot in another ward when he was disarmed and shot in the head.

Police confirmed that the patient, guarded by Phillips, had nothing to do with the shooting.

Malgas’ lawyer, Sean Balram, told the court that he had committed suicide and that “he was severely depressed”.

The judge wanted to know why the accused had patches on his hands, and the state responded that it was related to treatment.

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Neither Balram nor Gelderblom agreed to photograph Malgas or broadcast the case live.

Oliver banned live broadcasts and photos. This is due to the fact that the investigator still needs to hold a parade and take more testimony from witnesses.

Malgas refused the bail request.

The case was adjourned until June 30 for further investigation, and Malgas, limping, returned to the remand center to be transferred to Polsmore Prison.

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Mental Health Federation SA: 011 781 1852

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