Teenage girl suspected of Brit’s murder in South Africa may escape trial

Published:  5 Aug at 2 PM
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A teenage girl suspected of stabbing a British expat to death in South Africa may not have to stand trial after being committed to a psychiatric hospital.

Scottish pensioner Sandra Malcolm, 74, was stabbed to death in her Cape Town residence in April. Her grandson found her body. Malcolm, originally from Dundee, had been due to return home just a few weeks after her death to visit family.

Eighteen-year-old Sheree Prince from a northern Cape Town suburb was arrested following a manhunt, but later committed to a psychiatric hospital where she will be assessed before any other legal proceedings take place.

A court was told that the suspect exhibited “strange behaviour” after contracting a potentially deadly form of meningitis when she was younger. The state did not contest this information and the court ordered that she be referred to the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital for a further 30-day period.

A prosecution spokesman said that Sheree Prince appeared in court and there was a preliminary inquiry and statements were handed in by the state and the South African police service’s clinical psychology unit. He added that she would remain as an awaiting patient in Pollsmoor prison until a bed at the psychiatric hospital became available.
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