Dancefloor accused to testify

2013-06-11 00:00

MURDER accused Sherwin Cara, who is charged with stabbing Juran Raman (20) to death on the dance floor of Vacca Matta nightclub in March 2011, will testify in his defence when the trial resumes in September.

Cara’s advocate, Gideon Scheltema SC, told regional court magistrate Fikile Luvuno yesterday that the defence has decided to call Cara to the witness stand, but requested that the trial be postponed so that his evidence can start and finish on the same day.

The matter was then adjourned to September 5.

The prosecution maintains that Cara stabbed Raman to death during an altercation, but Cara claimed in a statement that Raman died after falling on a piece of broken glass.

This version is supported by specialist forensic pathologist Dr Reggie Perumal. Under cross-examination by state prosecutor Rene Padayachee yesterday, Perumal conceded that his opinion was based on the description of Raman’s injuries as they were detailed in the postmortem report, and that he had not personally seen the wounds. He said he was aware that the surgeon who tried to save Raman’s life, Dr Andrew Tudor, had testified that a great deal of force would have to have been applied to cause the deep injury Raman had sustained.

Perumal told the court he has given evidence in numerous high-profile cases, both for the defence and for the state. Cases in respect of which he was consulted by the state recently include the Marikana commission, a Polokwane case in which five policemen allegedly tortured a man, and the case where Daveyton police are accused of dragging a taxi driver behind a police van. Perumal is also known to have been hired by the defence to assist in Oscar Pistorious’s murder trial.

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