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A member of Raman’s family, who refused to be named, said the families believe Raman was murdered.

“They said that the suspect is a member of a gang from Mountain Rise who frequents Cafe Vacca Matta.

“The family asked to view the CCTV at the Vacca Matta nightclub, but they refused to let us do so,” the relative.

Commenting on Facebook, Jared Reddy said, “There is definitely something being covered up. The boy was ‘stabbed accidentally’ and ‘someone was detained’ ‘… he fell on broken glass’. I don’t know whether it’s possible to fall on glass and die. Sounds like the floor is the culprit. Someone stabbed this boy, who’s someone else’s son and brother. Justice Please.”

Jeevan has appealed for witnesses to call Detective Warrant Officer Swami Pillay at 082?556?1380.
A man accused of murdering a 20-year-old at a Pietermaritzburg nightclub on Sunday appeared briefly in the city’s regional court yesterday.

Sherwin Cara, 20, has been charged with the murder of Juran Lorenzo Raman at Vacca Matta nightclub at the Golden Horse Casino.

Cara appeared unperturbed when magistrate Bessie du Preez read out the charge sheet to him.

Asked if he understood the charges, he simply nodded. Cara has appointed advocate Martin Krog to defend him.

The State indicated that it intended opposing bail and requested that Cara be remanded for seven days.

Du Preez granted the remand as the State needed to ascertain the safety of witnesses, whether Cara had any previous or pending cases, and his personal details.

Cara is alleged to have stabbed Raman twice in the neck with a broken glass. Raman had apparently been dancing when a quarrel developed between the two, resulting in the fatal injury.

Grief-stricken relatives and friends of Raman packed the courtroom.
Raman’s family has also urged anybody who witnessed what happened to come forward. His cousin, Lisa Raman, said: “We need justice. My cousin’s killer cannot walk free.”

Cara will appear in court again on Thursday.
TWENTY-YEAR-OLD Sherwin Cara of Northdale, who is charged in connection with the death of cricketer Juran “Lorenzo” Raman (21) at the Cafe Vacca Matta nightclub at the weekend, will remain in custody for seven days pending further police investigations.

Cara made a fleeting appearance in front of a packed public gallery in the magistrate’s court yesterday before magistrate Bessie du Preez, and he was not asked to enter a plea.

His advocate, Martin Krog, did not oppose the state’s request that he be remanded in custody pending his next appearance on April 7.

The court was told that the state is opposed to Cara’s release on bail on the grounds that the charge he faces is serious, that the safety of witnesses has to be verified and that police are still conducting investigations to establish if he is linked to other offences.

Members of Raman’s family told The Witness they were devastated by their loss. Juran Raman’s mother, Lolly, did not attend the court hearing as she was too traumatised, said one of her sisters, Pam Peters.

“She couldn’t face it. All of us cannot come to terms with it … my nephew was a person who would not hurt a fly.”

Family members carried a poster bearing photographs of the victim and placards proclaiming, “No bail for a ruthless killer”, and “We want justice”.

Cara handed himself over to police on Wednesday following headlines over the alleged stabbing incident which occurred on the dance floor of the nightclub at the Golden Horse Casino.

Raman was allegedly stabbed in the neck, apparently with broken glass, while dancing with a girl. He was admitted to St Anne’s hospital but died a few hours later, on Sunday morning.

The motive is still unclear.

It was initially reported by police that he was believed to have fallen on to broken glass, but they later confirmed that he had been stabbed twice in the neck.
A MAN charged with the murder of 20-year-old Juran Lorenzo Raman at a Pietermaritzburg nightclub was yesterday granted bail of R5 000 in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on condition that he relocate to Joburg.

Sherwin Cara is only allowed to come to Pietermaritzburg on the days when he is due to appear in court.

Cara is alleged to have murdered Raman, 20, at the Vacca Matta nightclub at the Golden Horse Casino on March 27.

Raman, a former Maritzburg College pupil, who had played for the Cosmos Cricket Club and was pursuing plans to join the Dolphins cricket team, had been stabbed twice in the neck. He died in hospital.

It is believed he had been dancing when a quarrel developed between him and Cara, resulting in the fatal injury.

The State did not oppose Cara’s bail as his details had been verified and there was no risk that he would not stand trial.

Magistrate Bessie du Preez said that his release on bail would not interfere with the course of justice. She ordered that Cara not intimidate or interfere with any of the State’s witnesses in the case.

The State was awaiting DNA results.

The matter was adjourned until May 26.


We, the undersigned, call on the SAPS/Government to make sure the murderers of Juran Lorenzo Raman are punished to the maximum extent of the law.

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