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Plea for Clifton petrol bomber

2012-05-18 20:41

Cape Town - Australian chartered accountant Shumsheer Singh Ghumman's sentence should enable him to rebuild his life, the Cape Town Regional Court heard on Friday.

Senior counsel for the defence, Francois van Zyl, reminded the court that Ghumman had already spent 14 months in jail, and urged the court to take this into account when passing sentence.

Ghumman is to be sentenced on May 31 for the petrol-bombing of businessman Philip Rhind's Clifton home.

The action was part of Ghumman's scheme to kill Rhind, the father of Hannah, a woman who spurned him.

Van Zyl said Ghumman had been diagnosed at an early age with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which had played a major role in the whole saga.

He said Ghumman needed therapy, and that a prison environment would not be conducive to treatment.

The fraud conviction would lead to the removal of Ghumman’s name from the roll of chartered accountants, which meant that he would have to start life afresh in a different direction, said van Zyl.

He said Ghumman would be deported from South Africa upon his release from prison, and would not be allowed back.

Comments
  • shooshyu.tu - 2012-05-18 21:05

    Senior counsel for the defence, Francois van Zyl, said Ghumman needed therapy, and that a prison environment would not be conducive to treatment. I suppose that being stalked & then petrol bombed is not conducive to living in fear? He deserves to be sent to prison & taught a lesson by the 'bum bandits'

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-18 21:39

      The biggest crisis and least known about, is the mental health crisis this country faces. Our society overall seems to have antiquated views on mental health and that travels all the way to the justice system. Disorders, psychoses, 'phrenias. 'manias and 'pathologies are real diseases. For all, there are treatments, for some treatments but no cure. Prison is not always the answer and can make treatable and curable diseases worse. Your glee at any human being being subjected to 'bum bandits' indicates that you too might be ill and not know it.

  • bill.vanzyl - 2012-05-18 21:18

    Since when is ADHD a defense in an attempted murder trial?

      Janice - 2012-05-19 10:39

      Exactly, Bill!!! He should go straight to jail for a VERY long time!!!

  • dave.leverton - 2012-05-18 21:39

    BS - this guy wanted to burn someone alive ! Go to jail, go directly to jail. Seems everyone these days has some sob story as soon as they get caught.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-18 21:54

    "the sentence should enable him to rebuild his life" ...boo woo I am so interested in his life- and I'm sure the family he stalked even more so. The way he wants to build his life is to kill and burn other people or are you a little slow mr councellor? Do you understand the case? can you read? problems with the ears? no you are just another little symptom of a sick system is what you are councellor- you need to join your client- help him rebuilt his life in a 40 man cell

  • Roger - 2012-05-18 23:19

    The man has terrorised a family, a daughter and father through his wicked obsessiveness. He has rained his anger down on an innocent young woman and her family, attempting murder and leaving a legacy of fear, stress and anxiety. May they be blessed and have the chance to move on in peace and security. This man has ruined his own life as well. What a terrible destiny he has chosen for himself! Yes-it was his choice. Shall society make him atone, or forgive and give him a chance? Justice will and must prevail. In my heart I must forgive him. I am hugely sad for what he has done and the trail of wreckage that he has left. I pray that his victims can forgive him too-so that they may move on with their own lives. Violence begats violence. So too, does compassion give birth to compassion.

  • Jay Marian - 2012-05-18 23:54

    Ghumman is an extremely intelligent man and was totally in control of his actions and knew what the consequences of his actions would results in. For our courts to even consider such a lame defence tactic is ridiculous.

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-05-19 05:48

    What about rebuilding his life as a politician!?

  • siliziwem - 2012-05-19 06:16

    To escape prison time in SA, you just need to go through a medical text book, choose a desease of your choice

  • Vernon - 2012-05-19 07:37

    start life afresh in another direction,of course.how do we know this direction will not be trying re-enter illegally and finishing off the job.

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-20 14:30

    he will get shaikalitis, very contagious in jail but immideatly cured when he is released

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