Con in court over assault of cellmate

2013-04-16 22:35
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Johannesburg - A Malmesbury prisoner is to appear in the local magistrate's court on Wednesday in connection with the assault of another inmate, Western Cape police said.

Constable Hennie du Randt was unable to give more details of the assault or the prisoner's name.

A family member of Australian accountant Shumsheer Singh Ghumman has linked the court appearance to an assault on Ghumman.

Ghumman is serving a nine-year sentence in the same prison for fraud, incitement to commit murder, and attempted murder.

A family member, who asked not be named, told Sapa that Ghumman was assaulted by his cellmate last month.

He was severley beaten up and suffered a broken nose, cuts to his face and other injuries.

Du Randt said he was not in a position to confirm or deny this.

Correctional services in the Western Cape had not commented on the assault case by late afternoon.

On 31 May, the Cape Town Regional Court jailed Ghumman for petrol-bombing the luxury home of Clifton businessman Philip Rhind.

He was sentenced for fraud, incitement to commit murder, attempted murder and malicious damage.

On 22 February, the Western Cape High Court heard Ghumman's appeal against his conviction and sentence.

The appeal was argued before Judges Anton Veldhuizen and Nape Dolamo, who reserved judgment.

Petrol bomb

Ghumman had pleaded guilty in the Regional Court to a charge of malicious damage to the Rhind luxury home in Clifton, but denied guilt on the other charges.

The fraud charge arose from Ghumman pretending to two senior Cape Town journalists he was in Cape Town to do a freelance photo-story about violence in the townships.

He was in fact in the city to execute plans to kill Rhind.

One of the journalists was talked into setting up interviews for Ghumman with known township criminals.

In the course of an interview with one of the township residents, Ghumman persuaded him to assist with the petrol bombing of the home.

The resident at first agreed, but then got "cold feet" and withdrew.

Ghumman, formerly an accountant with a Japanese financial company in London, had a platonic relationship with Rhind's daughter, Hannah, in London.

However, Ghumman had felt aggrieved when Rhind interfered in the relationship at his daughter's request to end it.

Ghumman secretly followed the daughter when she went home to her parents and planned to kill the father by burning down the house as revenge for his interference.

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