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gavel thumb100 News24 reports that an ex-police officer accused of the murder of a police officer and two patients at New Somerset hospital made a brief appearance in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Handcuffed and shackled, Jean-Paul Malgas, 39, from Vredenberg, limped into the Cape Town Magistrate's Court and stood at the balustrade, looking slightly overwhelmed. Magistrate Ronel Oliver questioned why he was in leg irons and handcuffed, noting that it was not the norm. But prosecutor Adnaan Gelderbloem explained that it was a pre-agreed arrangement that was "in the best interests" of the safety of Malgas and those in court. Malgas' lawyer told the court that he was suicidal and that "he has severe depression". Malgas faces three charges of murder, a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, a charge of unlawful possession of ammunition, and robbery.  The robbery charge stems from an allegation that he took the firearm of Constable Donay Phillips, who was guarding a man at the hospital on Saturday night. Phillips and two patients, who have not yet been identified, were shot dead at the hospital. Apparently, Phillips had gone to investigate a commotion in another ward when he was disarmed and shot in the head. Police confirmed that the patient Phillips had been guarding had nothing to do with the shooting. Malgas abandoned his bail application and the matter was postponed to 30 June for further investigation.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jenni Evans at News24
  • Lees ook, Skieter by Kaapstad-hospitaal gaan nie borgtog vra, by Maroela Media

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