Suspect in casino disco stabbing surrenders to police

2011-03-31 00:00

A SUSPECT in the fatal stabbling of Juran “Lorenzo” Raman, the 20-year-old cricketer, at a nightclub in Pietermaritzburg at the weekend handed himself to the police yesterday afternoon.

The 20-year-old suspect walked into Pietermaritzburg Central Police Station with his lawyer at about 8 am and surrendered to the organised crime unit.

By then members of Raman’s family in Northdale were preparing for the funeral service, which started at 10.30 am. News of the suspect’s surrender filtered through at about 3 pm when Raman’s body was leaving the Jesus Miracle Revival Church for burial in Mountain Rise Cemetery.

“I’m just hearing this from you, I did not know anything about it,” Raman’s close cousin, Wayne Raman, told The Witness.

Raman was allegedly stabbed in the neck while dancing at Café Vacca Matta at the Golden Horse Casino. He died in St Anne’s Hospital at about 7 am on Sunday.

He had played for the Cosmos Cricket Club and was pursuing plans to join the Dolphins Cricket team.

“We definitely feel better that the man has been arrested. Now we are going to go to the court to hear what really happened that night,” said Raman’s cousin.

About 600 mourners attended the five-hour funeral service. Mourners arrived from as far as America and Australia. Umgungundlovu Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee was also in attendance.

Former cricket coach Larry Hemchand said Raman joined the sport at the age of seven.

“He comes from a long list of family which produced athletes, soccer players and cricketers,” said Hemchand.

Raman’s coach in Cosmos Cricket Club, Mukesh Lutchman, said, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of the most promising future South African cricketer that has graced our club.”

Maritzburg College sports director Mike Bechet, who coached cricket stars like Jonty Rhodes and Kevin Pietersen, described Raman as a “gentle” and “likable” person.

“What happened on the weekend is senseless because Juran would have never hurt a fly. Every time he’d hit a batsman while bowling he’d say sorry,” Bechet said.

Friends and family said they will miss Raman’s contagious smile and jokes.

His childhood friend, Sbonga Dladla, said Raman taught him a good lesson in life — never to give up — and he will miss hanging out with him on weekends.

The young cricketer’s mother, Theresa (45), wept as the coffin was lifted into the hearse.

“You never wanted this (death), you only wanted cricket. Not my boy. I thought I was going to see you on television one day,” she said.

His father, John, said he had big dreams and plans for his son.

Responding to news of the arrest, a spokesperson for Café Vacca, Matta Lisa Sukdev, said, “We are relieved by the progress of the investigation and continue to co-operate with police. We want to reiterate our heartfelt condolences to the family. We will also be releasing a statement shortly of our plans to ensure something of this nature never recurs.”

Jeevan said the suspect has been charged with murder and is expected to appear in Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court soon


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