Man accused of killing wife seeks copy of charge sheet

2015-05-11 16:59
Rameez Patel. (Marietie Louw-Carstens, Netwerk24)

Rameez Patel. (Marietie Louw-Carstens, Netwerk24)

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Polokwane - A magistrate is expected to rule on Tuesday whether murder accused Limpopo businessman Rameez Patel can have a copy of the charge sheet.

Magistrate Mohamed Shaik received papers from the State and the defence over the weekend to be considered before the bail hearing continues in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Patel is accused of strangling, beating and shooting to death his wife Fatima Patel, apparently after she discovered that he was cheating on her.

When the court adjourned last week, defence council advocate Stephanie Fourie demand that her client be given copy of dockets to consider arguments presented by the State.

The State vowed to oppose the application, saying it would jeopardise its case which was still under investigation, and which opened a can of worms on the businessman's behaviour.

Patel pleaded not guilty and claimed his wife was killed by a burglar who entered the couples rental apartment in Nirvana, a suburb in Polokwane, on April 10.

Police repeatedly said Patel had shot and killed his wife and staged the robbery.

Patel wants to be released on bail, saying he was psychological and emotionally affected by his wife's death, and needed to see his children.

Fourie said her client's rights were being violated. He had been in custody since April 16.

It is alleged that after Fatima was killed, her husband left the house to wash the blood off his hands, and changed his clothes, which he was refusing to hand over to police.

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