Patel may have cleaned wife's blood off his clothes, court hears

2016-10-21 16:02
Rameez Patel. (News24)

Rameez Patel. (News24)

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Polokwane - The clothing Rameez Patel wore on the day he allegedly killed his wife Fatima had no blood on it and appeared to have been washed, the Limpopo High Court in Thohoyandou heard on Friday.

Captain Cecelia van Rensburg testified that forensic tests were conducted on Patel's clothes and on a cricket bat found at the crime scene.

She said a shirt police submitted as evidence had no blood on it, and the cricket bat appeared to have been cleaned.

"We tested the cricket bat for blood. We could not find DNA on it. A chemical could have been used to clean it," said Van Rensburg.

Patel is on trial on a charge of killing Fatima, 28, in their home in Nirvana, Polokwane, on April 10 last year. He has pleaded not guilty and claimed he was killed during a robbery.

The couple had three children together. Fatima was hit and shot in the face, and strangled.

No sign of forced entry

READ: Blood everywhere, witness tells court in Patel murder case

On Wednesday, State witnesses told the court that Fatima died in her husband’s arms, that he was covered in his wife's blood, and appeared calm.

It emerged during the trial that Patel disappeared from the house while police were busy with the crime scene and returned later wearing clean clothes.

A witness said he found no signs of forced entry into the house and no broken windows.

Patel's lawyer Tumi Mokwena argued that an intruder jumped over the fence of the property using a dustbin, and killed Fatima.

Police and private security officers who were at the scene had told the court they found no dustbin.

The trial was adjourned until Monday.


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