Judgment due in stalker case

2012-02-29 09:12
Cape Town - Judgment is expected in the case of a man facing various charges, including attempted murder, in the Cape Town Regional Court on Wednesday.

Shumsheer Singh Ghumman, who was an investment manager at a major bank in the UK, allegedly followed Hannah Rhind to South Africa from Britain when she went home to spend Christmas with her family.

He claimed they started a romantic relationship overseas, but Rhind denied this.

Ghumman pleaded guilty to a charge of malicious damage to property after he petrol bombed the family's home in Clifton, Cape Town. This was to vent his anger at Rhind's father for discouraging her from seeing Ghumman.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of incitement to commit murder and attempted murder. Ghumman also denied falsely informing the Westcape News that he was a freelance photojournalist, in order to get help in arranging interviews with dangerous criminals in Cape Town.

Prosecutor Billy Downer previously alleged his intention was to hire a hitman to kill Rhind's father.

Ghumman applied for his case to be re-opened earlier this month, claiming he had not had a fair trial.

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