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British national’s killing

Court directs prosecution to produce witness on March 1
Srinagar | Posted : Feb 17 2017 1:05AM | Updated: Feb 17 2017 12:41AM
British national’s killing

The Principal and Sessions Court here on Thursday directed the prosecution to produce next witness on March 1, 2017, in the case against Dutch national Richard De-Wit accused of killing a British woman Sarah Elizabeth Groves.

The case was fixed for hearing today and accused was also produced before the court.

The houseboat owner, her wife and his two sons have already recorded statements before the court.

On April 6, 2013, a British woman tourist was found murdered in a houseboat in Dal lake and police arrested a Dutch national Richard De-Wit saying he was involved in the killing.

After case (FIR 40/2013) under section 302(murder) of RPC was registered in police station Ram Munshi Bagh here, Police carried out the investigation and filed charge sheet before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar. The Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar committed the case for trial to Principal Sessions Court Srinagar.

Following the submission by the accused, he was provided the copy of charge sheet in English after court directions. 

The then Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar Syed Ashiq Bukhari had said that 43-year-old Richard De Wit was detained by police early in morning after he fled from the New Beauty houseboat on Dal Lake, Srinagar, without his footwear or luggage and carrying just a passport. 

“He was intercepted in a taxi in the town of Qazigund, a town 40 miles south of Srinagar,” police had said.

According to owner of the houseboat, Abdul Rahim Shoda, Groves had been staying there for the past two months. He had also said the Dutch tourist took an adjoining room on the boat three days ago. Shoda and his family lived alongside the houseboat. Shoda said that Groves was like her daughter.

As per UK media, Groves, a former pupil at the Catholic St Mary’s boarding school in Ascot United Kingdom was born in Manchester but later moved to Guernsey with her family.

She had worked as a fitness instructor and had been employed in the gym of the Old Government House Hotel in St Peter Port for two years before leaving the island to travel in Asia.