'Cheating' Patel was planning to divorce wife, court hears

2017-10-05 19:45
Rameez Patel in court. (Chester Makana, News24)

Rameez Patel in court. (Chester Makana, News24)

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Polokwane - Prominent Limpopo businessman Rameez Patel was planning to divorce his deceased wife Fatima eight months before she was killed, the Limpopo High Court has heard.

Patel, 32, is standing trial for his wife's murder. She was shot and killed in 2015.

State witness, Abdullah Rehman Nazim told the court of how he had suffered psychologically when he discovered that his ex-wife, Nasreen Mayet, was in a relationship with Patel.

Nazim testified that he discovered in August 2014 that Mayet was having an extra-marital affair with Patel.

He told the court that he then decided to call a meeting with Fatima and Patel. 

Nazim said he confronted Mayet in the company of Fatima and Patel and Mayet promised to end the relationship. However, it continued.

Earlier in the day, the court heard that a cricket bat that was apparently used in Fatima's murder was found hidden in the house.

READ: Rameez Patel killed wife with cricket bat, court hears

Investigating officer, Sergeant Mohammed Whab told the court they found the cricket bat in the ceiling of Patel's garage.

He further testified that Patel might have killed his wife over extra-marital affairs and that Patel was spotted on CCTV visiting a married woman two nights before Fatima was killed.

Fatima was found dead at the couple's rental apartment in Nirvana, west of Polokwane CBD. 

A statement by one of Patel's former employees, Sibongile Ngwenya indicates that she overheard Patel saying he hit Fatima with a cricket bat.

In a separate matter, Patel was arrested last week while he was out on bail in connection with the murder of his mother.

On Tuesday the court heard that Patel's brother, a witness, had fled the country fearing that his life was in danger.

The trial continues.

Read more on:    rameez patel  |  polokwane  |  courts  |  crime

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