Petrol bomber granted leave to appeal

2012-08-18 12:07
Shumsheer Singh Ghumman. (File, Sapa)

Shumsheer Singh Ghumman. (File, Sapa)

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Cape Town - Convicted petrol bomber Shumsheer Singh Ghumman has been granted leave to appeal his conviction and nine-year jail term, it was reported on Saturday.

The Weekend Argus reported that Ghumman petitioned the High Court in Cape Town for leave to appeal on Friday. His first application was dismissed by the Malmesbury Regional Court in June.

Francois van Zyl told the Western Cape High Court his client had suffered irreparable prejudice because the presiding magistrate in his trial had allowed hearsay evidence to be admitted by a key State witness.

The State had assured that its witness Siyabulela Yalezo would be called to testify. However, when Yalezo took the stand, he deviated from his sworn statement.

Ghuman was found guilty of incitement to murder, attempted murder, malicious damage and fraud.

The 33-year-old Australian accountant and former bank investment manager petrol-bombed the luxury Clifton home of businessman Philip Rhind. Ghuman wished to punish Rhind for interfering with his relationship with Rhind's daughter, Hannah.

The daughter believed their relationship to be platonic, and ended it, turning to her father for help when Ghumman tried to turn the relationship into a romantic one.

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