Security gate checked in Patel murder case

2015-05-20 15:18
Rameez Patel's lawyer Tumi Mokwena demonstrates how a security gate motor can be tempered with. (Foto24)

Rameez Patel's lawyer Tumi Mokwena demonstrates how a security gate motor can be tempered with. (Foto24)

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Polokwane - An in loco inspection was conducted in Polokwane on Wednesday at the home of a Limpopo businessman accused of killing his wife and then allegedly staging a robbery.

Rameez Patel is applying to be released on bail in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court after he was linked to the murder of his wife Fatima Patel. Fatima was beaten, shot and killed at the couple's rented apartment in Nirvana, in Polokwane, on April 10.

Forensic evidence shows that a blunt object was used to attack her.

Rameez was arrested six days later. He vehemently denied that he was involved in the murder and claimed that his business competitor might be behind the murder.

During the bail hearing, his lawyer Tumi Mokwena said that an in loco inspection had to be conducted, arguing that anyone could have tampered with the property’s gate to gain entrance.

‘Poor’ investigation

The defence argued that the police investigation was poor and left possible suspects out of the picture.

“Evidence by the State suggests that there is no way that intruders could have gained access to the building, and through that fact the court must draw reference, your worship at this stage, it is a very important aspect, and we request the court to do an inspection in loco,” said Mokwena.

“It is our case that investigations were so poorly done that possible suspects were excluded and the accused was wrongfully [arrested]. There is no prima facie evidence against the accused. That is our case."

However, the State argued that there was no need to conduct the inspection, saying it is possible that anyone could have lifted the security gate.

‘Not a waste of time’

But Mokwena insisted that the inspection must be conducted to satisfy his client's case.

“It is [by] no means a waste of time, it is important for the accused,” he submitted.

The court ruled in the businessman's favour and an in loco inspection was done.

At the entrance to the complex, Mokwena moved towards the gate, and in less than twenty seconds he removed the gate motor’s lead and opened the gate without a remote.

After Mokwena demonstrated how easy it was to open the gate, Magistrate Mohammed Shaik also measured the security fence and wall height.

The hearing continues.

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