Aus stalker’s case moved at CT courts

2011-05-12 12:23

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Cape Town - Convicted Australian stalker Shumsheer Singh Ghumman will make his first appearance in the Cape Town Regional Court on Monday, on charges of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, malicious damage to property and attempted arson.

The 32-year-old chartered accountant who formerly held a senior post with an investment bank in London, made his final appearance in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

He appeared before Magistrate Alta Frederick who ordered him to remain in custody until Monday, and transferred his case to the regional court.

His trial there is expected to start on July 27 and end on August 12, according to defence attorney Gerhardt van der Merwe.

Stalked SA woman

Control prosecutor Fiona Cloete told the court on Thursday that the investigation, which included obtaining information from the UK authorities, was progressing well.

Ghumman was last year convicted by a London court of harassment for stalking a South African woman, Hannah Rhind, whom he had met in the UK.

When Rhind came to South Africa to visit her family, Ghumman followed her and allegedly petrol bombed Rhind’s family home in Clifton. He allegedly plotted to kill another Cape Town resident (not Rhind).

The Rhind family was represented in the proceedings by attorney William Booth, who holds a watching brief from the family.

His instructions are to attend proceedings and inform the family about what transpired.

Ghumman is in custody at Goodwood prison.

- SAPA

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