The murder trial of a 53-year-old man accused of killing seven of his relatives at a village near Malamulele, in Limpopo, on Christmas Day two years ago, is expected to resume at the High Court in Thohoyandou on Wednesday.
Enoch Ndou is being tried for the fatal shooting of his two nephews, his nephew’s wife and four children aged between one and 12 years old.
Police have since suspected a dispute over a family house as the possible motive for the killing, adding that he was reportedly at odds with his elder brother’s sons over a house left by his late father.
On Monday, the court dismissed an application that Ndou be admitted at a mental institution for evaluation, requesting that it be furnished with his medical history first.
The court then issued an order that the Donald Fraser Hospital release Ndou’s medical records.
This after his lawyer had informed court that Ndou had previously been hospitalised there and diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Ndou has been denied bail and has been in custody since his arrest.
More details of Monday’s court proceedings in the report below: