‘Force used in death on dance floor’

2012-08-16 00:00

THE death of 20-year-old Pietermaritzburg man, Juran Raman, on the dancefloor of the Vacca Matta nightclub at the Golden Horse Casino in March last year was unlikely to have been caused by a fall on a piece of broken glass.

This was the evidence of surgeon Dr Andrew Tudor in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court yesterday.

Tudor said a great deal of force would need to have been applied to cause the deep injury that Raman had suffered.

He was giving evidence at the trial of Sherwin Cara, who has been charged with fatally stabbing Raman on the dancefloor following an altercation.

Tudor said he had found a deep open wound on Raman’s neck after the incident.

He was suffering from shock and severe blood loss at the time of the examination.

He died after being rushed to theatre, where attempts were made to repair damage to his jugular vein and carotid artery.

When asked by prosecutor Rene Padayachee whether it was possible that Raman could have been injured by falling on broken glass, Tudor said that was “highly improbable”.

Cara has alleged in his plea to the court that Raman had “lunged” at his hand which was holding a whisky glass and caused it to fall to the floor. It shattered and Raman had lost his balance.

He staggered to his feet with blood spurting from his neck.

The case has been adjourned to September 25 for further evidence.

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