Security gate checked in Patel murder case

2015-05-20 15:18
Rameez Patel's lawyer Tumi Mokwena demonstrates how a security gate motor can be tempered with. (Foto24)

Rameez Patel's lawyer Tumi Mokwena demonstrates how a security gate motor can be tempered with. (Foto24)

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

Polokwane - An in loco inspection was conducted in Polokwane on Wednesday at the home of a Limpopo businessman accused of killing his wife and then allegedly staging a robbery.

Rameez Patel is applying to be released on bail in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court after he was linked to the murder of his wife Fatima Patel. Fatima was beaten, shot and killed at the couple's rented apartment in Nirvana, in Polokwane, on April 10.

Forensic evidence shows that a blunt object was used to attack her.

Rameez was arrested six days later. He vehemently denied that he was involved in the murder and claimed that his business competitor might be behind the murder.

During the bail hearing, his lawyer Tumi Mokwena said that an in loco inspection had to be conducted, arguing that anyone could have tampered with the property’s gate to gain entrance.

‘Poor’ investigation

The defence argued that the police investigation was poor and left possible suspects out of the picture.

“Evidence by the State suggests that there is no way that intruders could have gained access to the building, and through that fact the court must draw reference, your worship at this stage, it is a very important aspect, and we request the court to do an inspection in loco,” said Mokwena.

“It is our case that investigations were so poorly done that possible suspects were excluded and the accused was wrongfully [arrested]. There is no prima facie evidence against the accused. That is our case."

However, the State argued that there was no need to conduct the inspection, saying it is possible that anyone could have lifted the security gate.

‘Not a waste of time’

But Mokwena insisted that the inspection must be conducted to satisfy his client's case.

“It is [by] no means a waste of time, it is important for the accused,” he submitted.

The court ruled in the businessman's favour and an in loco inspection was done.

At the entrance to the complex, Mokwena moved towards the gate, and in less than twenty seconds he removed the gate motor’s lead and opened the gate without a remote.

After Mokwena demonstrated how easy it was to open the gate, Magistrate Mohammed Shaik also measured the security fence and wall height.

The hearing continues.

Read more on:    rameez patel  |  polokwane  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.