n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Evidence : recent case




In 2011 (1) SACR 80 (KZP) the appellant was a nurse employed at a mental institution. He was charged with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, allegedly having hit, kicked and attempted to strangle the complainant patient who refused to take the medication the appellant had attempted to administer. The complainant was a diagnosed schizophrenic, with other medical illnesses too (at para 3), who had been institutionalised for five years at the time of the alleged incident (at para 22).


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