New Somerset Hospital shooter ‘suicidal’

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The case of the former police officer allegedly behind the deadly shooting at New Somerset Hospital has been postponed to June 30th.

The 39-year-old Jean-Paul Malgas has abandoned his bail application in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court.

His lawyer, Shaun Balram says that Malgas is suicidal.

He appeared in court wearing leg irons and handcuffs, which the prosecutor said was in the best interests of Malgas and those in court.

He faces charges of murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and robbery.

Malgas had stolen the firearm of Constable Donay Philips who was guarding a man at New Somerset Hospital on Saturday night.

Philips and two patients were shot and killed.

Police say that the patient Philips was guarding had nothing to do with the incident.

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