Killer denied bail in ‘shocking, cruel and inhumane’ crime

2016-07-22 11:50

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Pietermaritzburg - A Pietermaritzburg magistrate on Thursday refused bail for the man who admitted killing 61-year-old Premawathie Ramdhin of Raisethorpe.

However, he still denies he raped and assaulted her with a bottle.

“This type of violence against women is quite prevalent in this court’s area of jurisdiction,” said magistrate M. Boikhutso.

“These types of offences induce shock and outrage, particularly when they are committed on a pretext of being in love by partners or spouses in a marriage relationship … It is so sad and the pattern must be broken,” she added.

Boikhutso said there is a strong case against the man (whose name can only be published once he has formally pleaded to the rape charge).

“[He] says he intends to plead guilty to the murder charge and he has already made a confession. There is no quarrel about his guilt. The only dispute is around the rape charge,” she said.

Boikhutso said the man claims that he and Ramdhin had sexual intercourse by consent.

However, she said the gruesome circumstances in which the victim was found were “shocking, cruel and inhumane”.

“She was found with a bottle inside her vagina. She was left bleeding and she bled to death. He confirms that he heard her screaming but he just left her and he continued drinking with his friends.

“He was arrested three weeks later,” the magistrate said.

She said the man’s reasons for wanting bail were that there were family members who were financially dependant on him, including his niece at university, his mother, one of his daughters and his fiancée, with whom he had lived for 20 years.

However, she said it had emerged that the niece herself was able to help pay the man’s legal fees.

Boikhutso said the man’s mother can also be assisted by her other children if need be and his fiancée can always apply for a social grant if she cannot support her daughter.

“In the circumstances of this case I find it will not be in the interests of justice to grant bail,” said Boikhutso.

Ramdhin was found dead at her home in Old Greytown Road on May 28 this year.

The case was postponed to August 30.

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