The 22-year-old man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria is expected back in court, after spending a month in Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, undergoing extensive evaluation.
The accused, who cannot be named until he has pleaded to the charges, was evaluated by a team of four experts, including psychiatrists and a clinical psychologist, as per a court order made in 2018.
The observation took place at a government psychiatric institution.
The evaluation is expected to determine the mental capacity of the accused and whether he can be held accountable.
During a previous court appearance, the accused's lawyer, Riaan du Plessis, told the court that there was a need to explore the mental state of his client at the time of the alleged incident.
He added that the accused had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013 and had been using drugs since he was 14 years old.