Culpable homicide case against Beale moved to High Court

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The culpable homicide case of Dr Peter Beale has been moved to the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) and the case will be called in that court next month. A report in The Citizen notes that Beale briefly appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court where the matter was formally transferred to the High Court.

In addition, a certified copy of the death certificate for Beale’s co-accused in the matter, anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi, was handed up to the court. Munshi was shot dead in Johannesburg in September 2020.

Beale is accused of responsibility for the death of Zayyaan Sayed (10), who died in October 2019 at the Netcare Park Lane Clinic, shortly after he performed what was meant to be a routine laparoscopic operation for reflux. Beale remains out on bail.

The case was postponed to 19 February 2021 for pre-trial proceedings in the High Court.


Legal woes are piling up for Beale. IoL reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has now made changes to the charges against Beale, changing culpable homicide to murder.

Beale has appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court, now on charges of fraud and murder and the trial is expected to start on 19 February at the South Gauteng High Court.


Full report in The Citizen


Full IoL report (Open access)


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