Grandmother led a six-hour beating

A Durban grandmother led a six-hour beating of her daughter-in-law's Pakistani boyfriend, he told the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday.

Abdul Khan testified in Urdu that he was left bleeding from the nose and head after the beating by Romilla Singh (55), who has pleaded not guilty to murdering her daughter-in-law Fiona Kader.

Khan told the court that, after getting a girlfriend, Kader's husband Riaz, to whom she had been married by Muslim rites, no longer had any interest in her, but wanted their two children. He agreed to a divorce, but did not arrive to go through with the ceremony.

Khan told the court he helped Kader secretly take her children to Pretoria as she told him she feared her mother-in-law. Her move to Pretoria was the reason Singh and others assaulted him, he testified. The assault stopped when he agreed to fetch Kader and the children.

Khan told the court he had financially helped Kader. Her body was found in toilets at the Ganies Corner Flats, in Pietermaritzburg, in February 2009.

Graphic court photographs

Court photographs show her head in the toilet bowl, and stab wounds in her body and neck, around which was a cord used to throttle her.

Closed-circuit television recordings placed Singh at the scene, but the man suspected of actually killing Kader had not been found.

Prosecutor Attie Truter described the evidence against Singh as circumstantial.

According to the indictment, Singh laid a false charge at the Durban police station on the day of the murder. She claimed she had been robbed in Durban at the time of the murder in Pietermaritzburg.

Truter said jewellery Singh claimed was stolen had since been found.

Singh was thought to be disheartened at the thought of her grandchildren moving to a new home with Kader and Khan should the divorce go through.

The indictment alleges: "Singh decided to kill Fiona. She realised that she needed the help of another person and approached an assailant to help."


Report ID: 365
Crime Category: Assault
Province: KwaZulu/Natal
City/Town: Pietermaritzburg
Suburb: N/A
Address: Durban
Crime Date/Time: 1 Jun 2010, 00:06 AM
Reported By: Report A Crime
Reported Date: 2 Jun 2010, 08:06 AM
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