Mum cannot face accused

2011-04-01 00:00

TWENTY-YEAR-OLD Sherwin Cara of Northdale, who is charged in connection with the death of cricketer Juran “Lorenzo” Raman (21) at the Cafe Vacca Matta nightclub at the weekend, will remain in custody for seven days pending further police investigations.

Cara made a fleeting appearance in front of a packed public gallery in the magistrate’s court yesterday before magistrate Bessie du Preez, and he was not asked to enter a plea.

His advocate, Martin Krog, did not oppose the state’s request that he be remanded in custody pending his next appearance on April 7.

The court was told that the state is opposed to Cara’s release on bail on the grounds that the charge he faces is serious, that the safety of witnesses has to be verified and that police are still conducting investigations to establish if he is linked to other offences.

Members of Raman’s family told The Witness they were devastated by their loss. Juran Raman’s mother, Lolly, did not attend the court hearing as she was too traumatised, said one of her sisters, Pam Peters.

“She couldn’t face it. All of us cannot come to terms with it … my nephew was a person who would not hurt a fly.”

Family members carried a poster bearing photographs of the victim and placards proclaiming, “No bail for a ruthless killer”, and “We want justice”.

Cara handed himself over to police on Wednesday following headlines over the alleged stabbing incident which occurred on the dance floor of the nightclub at the Golden Horse Casino.

Raman was allegedly stabbed in the neck, apparently with broken glass, while dancing with a girl. He was admitted to St Anne’s hospital but died a few hours later, on Sunday morning.

The motive is still unclear.

It was initially reported by police that he was believed to have fallen on to broken glass, but they later confirmed that he had been stabbed twice in the neck.

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