Ac­cused’s mom mur­dered

Post - - News - JA­NINE MOODLEY

HER Nir­vana home in Polok­wane un­touched, the mo­tive for the bru­tal mur­der of Ma­he­jeen Banu Pa­tel re­mains a mys­tery.

Ma­he­jeen, 51, is the mother of Polok­wane busi­ness­man Rameez Pa­tel, who is ac­cused of mur­der­ing his wife, Fa­tima two years ago.

His dad, Feroz Pa­tel, 54, was shot and killed in Au­gust last year, rais­ing ques­tions about a pos­si­ble hit on the fam­ily. Police have re­mained tightlipped about in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Ma­he­jeen died in hospi­tal mo­ments af­ter a gun­man opened fire on her and her do­mes­tic worker last Tues­day night.

The do­mes­tic worker mirac­u­lously es­caped un­in­jured.

It has been a 13-month wait for friends and fam­ily who are still wait­ing for police to find the killers re­spon­si­ble for Feroz’s death.

He was shot at while driv­ing and chased un­til he lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and crashed into a brick wall.

Rameez’s wife was 28 when she was shot and killed in the cou­ple’s Nir­vana com­plex in 2015. Shot in the face, her skull and cheek­bones were said to have been shat­tered by the bul­let. She was also stran­gled.

Rameez was ar­rested for his wife’s mur­der but pleaded not guilty when he ap­peared in the Lim­popo High Court. The trial is cur­rently on­go­ing. Rameez is also ac­cused of killing Westen­burg res­i­dent, Tony Adams with a hockey stick in 2013.

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