Murder accused pleads guilty

Murder accused Sholin Bissoon (21) pleaded guilty to the murder of his ex-girlfreind, Kimeera Rajbunsi (17) earlier today. A haggard looking Bissoon stood solemnly in the dock of the Durban High Court today, as Defence Attorney R Nathilal notified the […]

Friendly Fences surrounds Bulwer

The Friendly Fences Project, headed by Dutch intern, Kelly Lemans, officially kicked off on 25 November 2014 at Bulwer Park. Kelly, who has been working with Umcebo Designs on a 10-month internship, along with Carrie Wixom, an American Intern and […]

Jingle bells…SPCA all ready for Christmas

The Kloof and Highway SPCA’s annual Christmas Fair is all set for Saturday, 6 December, 8am to 2pm. There will be loads of entertainment for the children including five jungle gyms, a jumping castle, barrel train rides, soft play area […]

Busy night for emergency teams

KZN Emergency Medical Services paramedics responded to several serious incidents, that left almost 60 patients injured. “In one incident, a man was hit by a train, in the Nhlungwane area near Ulundi. The incident happened just before midnight. When paramedics […]

Two survive snake bites

Two people were fortunately stabilised, after being bitten by a snake at their residence in Seaview on Monday, 1 December. Rescue Care’s Garrith Jamieson said that paramedics responded to the residence to find that two people who had been playing […]

 

Murder accused pleads guilty

Murder accused Sholin Bissoon (21) pleaded guilty to the murder of his ex-girlfreind, Kimeera Rajbunsi (17) earlier today.

A haggard looking Bissoon stood solemnly in the dock of the Durban High Court today, as Defence Attorney R Nathilal notified the court of his change of plea. Nathilal approached the court and informed Judge Sham Gyanda, “My client wishes to change his plea to guilty.”

Judge Gyanda looked at Attorney Nathilal and the accused Bissoon and replied, “The case will be remanded for 13 April for sentencing”. Barely making eye contact, the now convicted Bissoon remained in an almost cold, emotionless silence. Following Judge Gyanda’s ruling, Bissoon immediately left the court room, escorted by officers of the court through a back room to avoid public exposure.

Bissoon, a mechanical engineering student, was accused of killing Rajbunsi, his former girlfriend, because he allegedly could not accept their breakup. According to investigations by Phoenix Detective Pat Moodley, Bissoon allegedly hit Rajbunsi on the head with a frying pan, stabbed her six times in the chest and dumped her body in a shallow stream, in a sugarcane field in Glen Anil, in March this year.

This is Bissoon’s first court appearance at the Durban High Court. Previously he appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court, where State Prosecutor, Carlson Govender, refuted his claims of mental incapacity and opposed his bail. Govender told Magistrate V Naidoo that the state believed the murder was planned and that Bissoon must get a life sentence.

Bissoon alleged that his actions were involuntary and, at the time, he was incapable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his action. Bissoon said his mental well-being would suffer and his defence would be compromised, if he was not released on bail because he was traumatised by the killing and required urgent professional treatment, which he did not think would be provided efficiently behind bars. Bissoon was remanded back into custody and returned to Westville Prison to await his sentencing in April. Due to the initial plea of mental incapacity and the change of his plea to guilty, it is expected that the full might of the law will apply in sentencing Sholin Bissoon, convicted murderer.

Take a trip down memory lane

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Some of South Africa’s most beloved musicians are set to take Durban’s Bat Centre stage by storm on 6 December with a trip down rock n roll memory lane with Blast from the Past!

It will be a night of celebrating some of the greatest music of the fifties, sixties and seventies, when Steve Fataar of The Flames fame comes together with Cyril Francis of the Jets to perform hits by the likes of The Beatles, Everly Brothers, Cliff Richard and the Shadows among others.

Fataar will evoke nostalgia when he plays the biggest hits of The Flames, the band he took the SA music scene by storm with in the sixties, with hits like ‘Tell it like it is’ and ‘Your Precious Love’ which topped the charts in 1968. He later went on to tour the UK and US with the group, sharing the stage with the likes ofthe Beach Boys and others. Steve says the music of the Flames has remained close to the hearts of fans locally and abroad and he is looking forward to re-living the magic on stage again. “There isn’t a show I play when someone doesn’t ask me to play ‘Your Precious Love,” he says. Cyril Francis will make like its 1962 again when they deliver their pitch-perfect rendition of Shadows and Ventures covers. Guest artists will also feature.It’s going to be a night of musical memories and one definitely not to be missed. Blast from the Past takes place at Bat Centre, Wilson’s Wharf on 6 December at 8pm. Tickets are available through Computicket and Shoprite and cost R120.

Budding scientists showcase talent at Science Expo

Science-Expo-for-Glenwood-learnersGlenwood Preparatory School recently held their Science Expo, where learners were able to display their various interesting research topics to their family
and friends.

Seen with Mrs Palmer of Glenwood Prep were the three winners of the Science Expo – Cameron De Villiers (Bronze), Talissa Bosman (Gold) and Craig Reid (Silver).

The 120 entrants thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of engaging in this exciting academic event.

Friendly Fences surrounds Bulwer

The Friendly Fences Project, headed by Dutch intern, Kelly Lemans, officially kicked off on 25 November 2014 at Bulwer Park.

Kelly, who has been working with Umcebo Designs on a 10-month internship, along with Carrie Wixom, an American Intern and Ian Gordon Reed, who is a
well-known Glenwood resident, commenced on the Friendly Fences Project.

The project revolved around making a public artwork to adorn a section of the fence at the park. Hoping to bring the community together
around this creation, Kelly is arranging evening and day workshops to inspire creativity and teach others to carry on the art trend.

“Ward Councillor in the area, Nicole Graham, joined us for some time and assisted with the placing of some of the plastic fish that we designed with the plastic materials we collected,” said Kelly. Many community members are rallying around the project in hopes of creating an activity that will inspire community involvement and unity.

Well known publicist, Illa Thompson, also in support of the project, has checked in on Kelly and the progress made frequently.

If anyone is interested in participating in the event, contact Kelly on Facebook or visit the Friendly Fences Group on Facebook for further details.

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Colleagues pay tribute

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The Rescue Care family paid tribute to slain medic, Adrian (Cedric) Donnelly, who lost his life in a horror crash on Sparks Road on Monday afternoon. A cross and wreath were laid at the crash scene.

Tributes pour in for slain medic

Tributes continue to pour in on social media sites for paramedic, Adrian Donnelly, who passed away in a horrific accident on Sparks Road on Tuesday, 2 December.

Rescue Care’s posted details of the crash on their Facebook page, paying tribute to Donnelly, who was described as a “beloved colleague and friend”.

According to Rescue Care’s Garrith Jamieson, three vehicles and a truck collided. “Four others were injured, one was critical,” Jamieson said. He added that the Jaws of Life were used to extricate patients from the wreckage. “All of the injured were transported to various Durban hospitals for the further care that they required,” Jamieson added.

“Adrian was a dedicated medic who worked in Durban for many year and saved countless lives. His passing is a great loss for not only our Rescue Care team but for the Durban community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He was off-duty at the time. Adrian had a distinguished record of service and was loved by his colleagues. The Rescue Care family is devastated by this sudden loss and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family. This is a very difficult time for all of us, especially is family, and we ask that they are afforded privacy to grieve,” Jamieson stated.

Jingle bells…SPCA all ready for Christmas

The Kloof and Highway SPCA’s annual Christmas Fair is all set for Saturday, 6 December, 8am to 2pm.

There will be loads of entertainment for the children including five jungle gyms, a jumping castle, barrel train rides, soft play area for the tiny tots (4-years and under), puppet show at 11am, Father Christmas at 12 noon (pre-wrapped gifts will be on sale), face painting and train exhibition.

The Kloof and Highway SPCA will also be hosting their annual Carols by Candlelight on Saturday, 6 December from 6:30pm to 9pm/10pm in the tea garden area, 29 Village Road, Kloof. Belinda Dolphin will lead the carols.
“We are also privileged to have special guests from the Durban Regiment and Natal Mounted Rifles (Pipe Bands) perform for us. Bring along your own picnic dinner and drinks and enjoy a wonderful evening with us. Once again we would like to thank Selbys South Africa, who will be sponsoring the sound, lighting and stage equipment,” added Gadd.

Domestic worker sexually assaulted in Westville

A domestic worker working in Westville, opened a charge of sexual assault at Westville SAPS recently.

It is alleged that on Tuesday, 25 November 2014, the 32-year old domestic worker was walking along Prince Charles Road, Westville in the afternoon, when a Purple VW Jetta stopped next to her and offered her a lift, as it was raining.

A police source told the Westville Weekly Gazette that the suspect allegedly locked the doors, parked the vehicle near Westville Prison and attempted to rape her.

“The victim claimed that she resisted and attempted to break the window of the vehicle. That was when the suspect unlocked the doors and she escaped,” said the source.

According to the source, the suspect then went to the victim’s workplace and asked her to get into the car. “The victim ran back into the home and reported the matter to her employer, who was present. According to information we have, the suspect is a middle-aged man, dark in complexion, with a slim build, streaked black and grey hair, and drives a very dark Purple VW Jetta with a ND number plate, but it is unclear whether the registration belongs to him or not,” said the source.

Police spokesman, Major Thulani Zwane, confirmed the incident and said that a case of sexual assault is under investigation at Westville SAPS.

“No arrest has been made at this stage,” said Zwane.

One killed in Field’s Hill collision

An elderly woman was killed, when her vehicle was crushed beneath a truck on the M13, in Field’s Hill, near Pinetown on Friday, 28 November.

According to ER24 spokesperson, Russel Meiring, when their paramedics arrived at the scene, they found that the road was blocked by a large truck which lay on its side.

“A light motor vehicle was crushed beneath the truck and the crane attached to the truck. On arrival, paramedics found that an elderly woman lay trapped within her vehicle. “Unfortunately, she had already succumbed to her injuries,” said Meiring. Meiring added that rescue services was on scene to extricate the woman’s body from the vehicle. “The cause of the collision is not yet known, but local authorities were on scene for further investigations,” said Meiring.

Field’s Hill truck driver sentenced

The driver, Sanele Goodness May, whose truck smashed into four minibus taxis and two cars at the intersection of Field’s Hill in Pinetown on 5 September 2013, killing
24 people, will spend the next eight years and 10 months in prison.

May pleaded guilty to 24 counts of culpable homicide, two charges of fraud, one charge of entering South Africa illegally, two charges of being in possession of fake driver’s licences, one charge of operating a vehicle without a valid professional driving permit, and one charge of failing to comply with a road traffic sign. The charges were read out to him in Zulu and through an interpreter, he told Judge Kate Pillay: “I admit all the charges.”

He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for each of the culpable homicide convictions, with five years suspended. He was also sentenced to one year for violating the immigration laws, and four years for each of the traffic and licence violations. All the sentences are to run concurrently. The 14 months that May spent in custody without bail, were taken into account.

However, with good behaviour, the Swaziland national could be released in six years. In handing down her sentence Judge Kate Pillay said, “The effective, sentence is one of eight years and 10 months. With good behaviour, that could be reduced by a third or more.”

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