- An 18-year-old South African pupil who allegedly killed a fellow schoolboy with a sword has been declared fit to stand trial by magistrate's court today.
"The defendant is not mentally ill," said prosecutor Angela van der Merwe.
Dressed in black, Morne Harmse appeared briefly before magistrate, in Krugersdorp, after a two month psychiatric evaluation, however hearing for bail application was postponed until 4 November.
The young man is alleged to have killed another, 16 years of age on 18 August this year, while also stabbing and injuring another boy and two gardeners with a samurai sword and wearing a mask.
The incidence, which shocked parents and pupils alike, has been blamed on occult practices in some quarters, while parents of the deceased have expressed anger saying they want the case to be done with and leave the past behind them.
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