Petrol bomber judgment reserved

2013-02-22 18:42
Shumsheer Singh Ghumman. (file, Sapa)

Shumsheer Singh Ghumman. (file, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The Western Cape High Court reserved judgment on Friday on an appeal by Australian accountant Shumsheer Singh Ghumman against a nine-year prison sentence.

It was imposed in May last year for the petrol bombing of the luxury Clifton home of businessman Philip Rhind.

Ghumman, 34, was found guilty by the Cape Town Regional Court on charges of fraud, incitement to commit murder, attempted murder and malicious damage.

Ghumman admitted the malicious damage charge, but pleaded not guilty to the others.

His appeal was against the sentence imposed on all four counts, taken as one for the purposes of punishment.

He also appealed the convictions on the fraud, incitement, and attempted murder charges, but not the conviction for malicious damage, as he had in fact pleaded guilty to this.

Ghumman is a former asset manager in the employ of a Japanese financial company based in London.

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

The daughter had ended the relationship when Ghumman became too serious about it, and approached her father in her attempts to shake him off Ghumman was offended by the father's interference in the relationship, and followed the daughter secretly when she went home to her parents in 2009.

The Regional Court ruled that his purpose was to petrol bomb the Rhind home, as punishment for the father's interference in the relationship.

In the Regional Court, Ghumman appeared before magistrate Herman Pieters, who rejected his claim to have come to Cape Town on a freelance photo-journalistic mission, to take photographs and write reports about violence in the townships.

On the fraud charge, he falsely informed two senior Cape Town journalists of the reason for his visit to Cape Town, and duped one into setting up interviews for him with township criminals.

The true reason for his wish to make contact with township criminals, was to secure the assistance of someone to assist with the petrol bombing, the Regional Court ruled.

Ghumman in fact met someone who was willing to assist, and this led to the charges of incitement to commit murder and attempted murder.

However, Ghumman petrol bombed the home himself, without assistance, when the township contact withdrew from Ghumman's mission.

- SAPA
Read more on:    shumsheer singh ghumman  |  cape town
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Product Owner

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
Navy Blue Suits
R40 000 - R45 000 Per Month

Call Centre Operator - Technical Support

Milnerton
Bloodhound Technologies (Pty) Ltd
R6 000 - R7 000 Per Month

Financial Manager

Western Cape
Hire Resolve
R900 000 Per Year

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off all TV Series!

Want to have a chilled day at home? Get 20% off TV series, the perfect excuse to "veg out". Shop now!

Save R700 on the Hisense LED TV Now R2499

Get the Hisense 32” HD ready LED TV for only R2499. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is one of those days where the more positive and optimistic you are the more opportunities you seem to attract....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.