Blood everywhere, witness tells court in Patel murder case

2016-10-19 15:29
Rameez Patel. (News24)

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Polokwane - A State witness in the trial of Limpopo businessman Rameez Patel described in detail the horrific scene of his wife's murder.

Patel is standing trial for the murder of his wife, Fatima Patel, who was brutally killed in April 10 2015 at the couple's house in Nirvana.

Two witnesses described the murder scene, saying the house was full of blood.

Dr Arnold Mamashela, a state pathologist, told the Limpopo High Court on Wednesday that Fatima's chances of survival were minimal due to brutality of the attack.

According to Mamashela’s post-mortem report, the deceased suffered multiple brutal wounds and had a fractured skull.

He said a gunshot wound to her head probably ultimately caused Fatima’s death. A 9.8mm gunshot wound on her right cheek above her lip had caused bleeding in her ears, in her eyes and her mouth, Mamashela said.

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The court also heard that Patel was covered in his wife's blood and that he had bathed and changed into Muslim regalia after the shooting.

A security patrol officer in Nirvana, Gawie van Botha, was one of the first people to enter Patel’s house. Botha told the court that when he entered the house, he found Fatima bleeding in her husband’s arms.

"He was calm, he did not go crazy, he was just sitting holding her," said Botha.

The accused was full of blood and the deceased was still bleeding. Botha was told to go upstairs and investigate because there had been an intruder in the house.

Botha said he found no signs of forced entry, with no windows broken in the house.

"The whole kitchen was full of blood, from the sink, the curtain rail was on the floor with blood. On the fridge door, there was a bullet inside," he said.

The trial continues.

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