PSYCHIATRISTS and other specialists have spoken out about Brittany Mitchell, a Pietermaritzburg matric student who allegedly tried to hire a hitman for R2000 to kill her former boyfriend's mother.
Mitchell celebrated her 18th birthday last week by allegedly travelling to Sandton City, Gauteng, to meet the man who "had agreed" to kill the 45-year-old mother of her ex-boyfriend because she believed she had encouraged her son to break up with her.
She organised to meet the "assassin" at the Mugg and Bean coffee shop in the mall. Unaware that she was walking into a police trap, she was arrested soon after handing over the cash to an undercover police officer.
Mitchell is out on bail and her court case was postponed to December 1, said Captain Appel Ernst.
Zane Wilson, of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, said: "One could probably accept that this young lady has emotional issues, but teenagers are impulsive and, especially when they are suicidal, tend to act before they think."
Psychiatrist Thembisa Makaba spoke about various problems that the teenager could be facing.
"One cannot determine the cause of her actions without a number of consultations and extensive insight.
"But this girl could have an anti-social personality disorder or mental health issues."