Rameez Patel double murder trial: ‘I’m smelling a rat here’ – judge on court records

Rameez Patel double murder trial: ‘I’m smelling a rat here’ – judge on court records

Double murder-accused Rameez Patel

Double murder-accused Rameez Patel

  • It emerged during the trial of double murder-accused Rameez Patel that
    certain records have not been transcribed despite several rulings.
  • Judge Joseph Raulinga previously revealed strange developments in the
    case, which included his notes being tampered with and a statement going
  • Patel is on trial for allegedly killing his wife at their marital home
    in Polokwane in 2015.

The trial of double murder-accused Rameez Patel took an interesting turn
in the Polokwane High Court this week when it emerged certain records – including
the explosive testimony of his brother Razeen – had not been transcribed,
despite several rulings.

Judge Joseph Raulinga, who made the rulings last year, turned his focus
to the registrars on Wednesday.

“I’m smelling a rat here. I’ve been singing the same song for long
that the records must be transcribed.

He said: 

The other day, I spoke about the registrar excusing herself when she was supposed to administer an oath to witnesses. I have my own suspicions and I don’t have to disclose the reasons for now.

He adjourned the court for a while, for the three registrars to be
called in.

After they had given their version, Raulinga ruled all the court
recordings must be transcribed by 31 April 2021.

He also pointed out that at some stage a CD containing certain
recordings was given to the defence in violation of standing procedures.

Wife, mother killed

In 2019, Raulinga revealed his notes had been
tampered with and a statement had gone missing

Patel is on trial for allegedly killing his wife, Fatima, in their
marital home in Nirvana, Polokwane on 10 April 2015.

He will also later stand trial for the murder of his mother, Muhajeen.
She was killed allegedly to silence her about Fatima’s killing.

His father, Firoz, was also killed in an unresolved robbery. Yunus
Mayet, the father of his current wife Nazreen, was kidnapped and killed.

His younger brother, Razeen, who later gave explosive evidence
implicating him in the killing of his wife, was shot, but survived.

However, Patel is not linked to the three crimes.

Earlier on Wednesday, prosecutor Lethabo Mashiane put it to Patel that his
brother’s testimony showed he had followed him wearing different sets of
clothes. The brother also suggested he might have taken a shower because his
hair was wet.

It was also put to Patel that Razeen had testified the accused confessed
to him he had killed his wife. They followed each other to the house where they
found her lying in a pool of blood.

Ceiling compartment

Later that day, the police requested Rameez to hand over the clothes he
had been wearing earlier.

Rameez replied: 

I was arrested on 16 April [2015]. They (police investigators) came to prison and requested the other clothes I was wearing that [day]. That was weeks after my arrest.

He said he gave them permission to get the other clothes.

Among the clothes was a wet jacket.

Patel denied he had deliberately hidden the baseball bat – that was also
apparently used in the crime – in the ceiling.

He said the house had two compartments in the ceiling where sport
equipment was stored.

Patel’s lawyer, Meshack Thipe, objected to the State’s line of
questioning, arguing it was causing confusion.

The trial will resume on 7 July 2021.

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