Death on the dance floor

2011-03-28 00:00

A PROMISING young Pietermaritzburg cricket player suffered fatal injuries from a broken glass while dancing with an unknown woman at a popular nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Juran “Lorenzo” Raman (21), of Northdale, died in St Anne’s Hospital at about 7 am yesterday after doctors battled on Saturday to save his life. He and his friends, who asked to remain unnamed, were at the Vacca Matta nightclub at the Golden Horse Casino when the incident happened.

Raman had played for Midlands Cricket Team and Cosmos Cricket Club and has won “loads of medals and trophies”. He completed grade 12 at Maritzburg College last year. He joined the school after getting a scholarship because of his fast-bowling skills.

The friend was also dancing with an unknown woman when the incident happened, but he said he did not see what took place.

“A woman approached Juran for a dance, and later another girl approached me for a dance.

“While I was busy dancing I saw bouncers carrying Juran to the back of the club. When I followed them I found him lying on the floor with blood coming from his neck. I used his shirt to cover the wound,” he said.

It is still unclear whether Raman was attacked or why, but the friend suspects it was over the girl he was dancing with. The friend said that after the apparent stabbing both girls disappeared, and it is not clear whether they know each other.

The friend said they preferred to go to Vacca Matta because Northdale nightclubs have criminal elements.

“After the incident we were all kicked out of the club,” he said.

Raman was taken to St Anne’s Hospital by Netcare 911 paramedics. The nursing manager at St Anne’s, Sweety Pillay, confirmed that Raman was admitted on Saturday morning and died at about 7 am yesterday.

Raman’s cousin, Kerry Pillay, said the funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised.

The grieving family referred The Witness to relatives who paid tribute to Raman, saying he was a nice person who liked fun and playing cricket. He coached cricket at Raisethorpe High School.

Vacca Matta spokesperson Lisa Sukdhew said Raman was stabbed accidentally.

“One of our patrons accidentally stabbed him by mistake. Someone was detained by the police,” said Sukdhew.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said police established that while dancing, someone pushed Raman and he fell on the broken glass.

However, Jeevan denied that a suspect has been detained.

“He fell on the broken glass, but the postmortem will determine the exact cause of death.”

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