Limpopo murder accused 'plotting to flee the country'

2015-05-07 18:10

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Polokwane - A Limpopo magistrate court on Thursday heard the businessman accused of killing his wife is plotting to flee the country.

The National Prosecuting Authority told a Polokwane Magistrate’s Court that travel documents had been secretly arranged for businessman Rameez Patel to flee the country and evade trial.

Patel, 28, is applying to be released on bail after he was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing his wife in Nirvana, a suburb in Polokwane, on April 10, in a staged robbery.

“Intelligence has discovered that travel documents are being arranged for the accused to flee the country, and we are also going to call witnesses from Port Elizabeth who is not around, and a doctor who is in Pretoria,” State prosecutor Mark Von Dronik told the court.

The court has already heard that Patel has relatives in India and UK, however, he has already surrendered his passport to police.

Magistrate Mohamed Shaik has postponed a ruling on an application by Advocate Stephanie Fourie, for Patel, to have copies of the charge sheet provided to them to help prepare for the bail application and trial.

“It has become crucial for the accused to have a look at the strength of the case,” said Fourie.

Von Dronik said the state was opposing the application and would address the court next week on Tuesday on its reasons.

He also told the court that intelligence operatives had learned that travel documents were being secretly arranged for the accused to flee the country as soon as he is granted bail.

But the defence express dissatisfaction that the bail application was "taking forever”, but the state replied that it does not want to prejudice its case.

Shaik postponed the case until May 12 for two more state witnesses to testify.

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