‘She’s not right’: duvet cover thief gets another chance in court
The teen will go on trial again after it was revealed she may be mentally disabled following a brick to the head
A 19-year-old suspected duvet cover thief, who may be mentally disabled, has received another chance to prove her innocence, after the High Court in Kimberley decided that her initial guilty plea was not appropriate for someone with her mental capacity.
In his ruling from last week as part of a two-judge panel, acting judge Vernon Smith explained how Ingrid Ryk had allegedly broken into her neighbours’ homes in April 2018.
According to Smith’s judgment, the teenager had gained access to the Namakwaland flats by throwing a brick through her first victim’s window, but accidentally cut her hands when climbing in and grabbing two phones...