As Muhayimana starts his counter-claim on the witness’s testimonies, the courts’ psychologist has again cleared the air that the suspects’ mental state has never experienced any disorder.
“Muhayimana is psychologically and mentally normal, he does not present any mental pathology,” the psychologist told the court.
Phesans Bertrand who have experience working in the court systems as a psychologist for a period spanning three decades since 1986, stressed out that Muhayimana’s statements before the court are not the result of any mental incapacity.
“The subject is a normal being, but when faced with extraordinary situations he may react in an unusual way,” the court psychologist added.
At the initial stages of the proceedings, the court had also heard the expert’s and psychologist’s view on the accused mental state.
The 69-year old Phesans who has been a psychologist expert at the Court of Appeal and National High Court before introducing the mental state of the accused, he hinted also at the background and private life of the suspect.
He talked about the fact that Muhayimana lost his father when he was young, and he was placed under the custodian of a nun.
“We are dealing with a family which is confronted with violent deaths like that of his father when the subject was 5 years old,” the psychologist told the court.
Muhayimana whose rebuttals are heard by the juries this week, has denied all the testimonies of the witnesses saying that he was tasked on the mission at Ruhengeri where he returned to Kibuye after many days, that there’s no way he should have done all that he’s accused of; the session of testimonies and rebuttals are expected to close this week.