Grandma on trial in city for murder

2009-07-01 00:00

DURBAN grandmother Romila Singh (55) will go on trial in the high court in Pietermaritzburg from November 9 to 13 for the murder of her daughter-in-law, Fiona Khader, who was stabbed to death at Ganies Corner Flats in the city on February 24.

Singh made a brief court appearance before magistrate Paul van Dongen yesterday and was issued with a high court indictment.

The state alleges that Singh arranged for Khader to be murdered after realising that if her son, Riaz Khan (who had left Khader for another woman in 2007), granted her the divorce she wanted, she would move to another home and taker her two children with her.

Khader allegedly had a secret relationship with a Pakistani citizen, Abdul Khan, of which Singh did not approve.

On February 24, Singh allegedly arranged for Khader to accompany her to Pietermaritzburg and led her to a toilet in the flats at Ganies Corner. She was overpowered, throttled and stabbed three times by her assailants. She died on the scene of a stab wound to the neck and two to the abdomen.

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