Papli murder trial next year

2008-09-01 00:00

Pietermaritzburg man Nivesh Doodla (25) will go on trial in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on March 16 next year on a charge of murder of his girlfriend, Gail Papli, who was stabbed to death on February 10 this year.

Papli was a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, studying towards a Masters of Science in Microbiology, when she died.

Doodla is on bail of R5 000 pending his trial.

Papli was found stabbed to death in her home in Olive Crescent, Newholmes, and police subsequently arrested Doodla, who was found seated in his car.

At his bail hearing before magistrate Paul van Dongen in February, clinical psychologist Neville Hodgson dispelled the state’s fears that Doodla had suicidal tendencies, and said in his opinion there was only a “minimal” risk that he might commit suicide while on bail.

Hodgson reported that Doodla said he met Papli about a year ago and that their relationship became closer in the last three months.

“He reported that he was extremely shocked and sad at her death and that on the spur of the moment he contemplated suicide. Before harming himself, he phoned his father who then contacted the police, who later discovered Doodla sitting in his car.”

Hodgson said Doodla felt helpless at the time, but later realised he had a supportive family and work colleagues and a future worth living for.

The state’s indictment alleges that he and Papli had a stormy “on and off” relationship for about two years.

The state alleges that Papli would break up with Doodla, but he would “successfully negotiate his way back”. It is alleged that prior to the murder, he planned to kill Papli at her home if she ended the relationship.

On the Sunday evening in question, he was allegedly visiting her when an argument started and he allegedly stabbed her.

Papli died of a stab wound to her neck. Doodla is alleged to have fled the scene of crime.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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