Clifton petrol-bomber's sentence slashed

2013-06-27 10:59
Shumsheer Singh Ghumman. (file, Sapa)

Shumsheer Singh Ghumman. (file, Sapa)

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Cape Town - A nine-year jail sentence imposed on Australian petrol-bomber Shumsheer Ghumman has been reduced to four years on appeal, the Cape Times reported on Thursday.

Western Cape High Court Judge Anton Veldhuizen overturned Ghumman's convictions on charges of fraud and incitement to commit murder on Wednesday.

Ghumman petrol-bombed the Clifton home of businessman Philip Rhind.

He had a platonic relationship with Rhind's daughter Hannah, at the time an executive with a London pharmaceutical company, and became obsessed with her.

The Cape Times reported that the other two charges on which he was convicted, attempted murder and malicious injury to property, still stood.

Ghumman had falsely informed two senior Cape Town journalists of the reason for his visit to Cape Town, and had duped one into setting up interviews for him with township criminals, which resulted in him meeting potential "hitman" Siyabulela Yalezo.

According to the report, Veldhuizen questioned the reliability of hearsay statements given by Yalezo during Ghumman's trial.

On the fraud charge, the judge reportedly said merely making a false statement was not sufficient to constitute the crime of fraud.

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