Alleged Polokwane wife killer back in court

2015-07-07 05:32
Rameez Patel. Picture: Marietie Louw-Carstens

Rameez Patel. Picture: Marietie Louw-Carstens

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Polokwane - The Limpopo businessman accused of murdering his wife was expected back in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

During his last appearance, Rameez Patel was granted bail of R250 000.

At the time, Magistrate Mohammed Shaik said exceptional circumstances, namely that the couple’s children needed to be looked after, justified his release.

During the bail hearing, Patel’s lawyer Tumi Mokwena pulled out all the stops to get his client freed and even led an in loco inspection to the couple's home where he demonstrated how the couple's secure gate motor could have been tampered with by Fatima's attacker.

The investigating officer in the case, Constable David Nkuna, also took to the stand where he told the court that Patel had taken a bath after his wife's murder to wash off her blood. He had also changed his clothes.

Mokwena said there was nothing untoward about Patel's actions as according to his religion, Islam, he was not allowed to mourn while dirty. Patel also claimed he did not want to go to his children with their mother's blood on him.

The couple had three children together. The youngest was just 4-months-old at the time of the murder.

Fatima was beaten, strangled, and shot in the head on April 10 at the couple's rented flat in Nirvana, Polokwane.

Patel was arrested and charged with her murder several days later.

The 29-year-old businessman has vehemently denied that he was involved in the murder and claimed that his business competitor might be behind the killing.

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