Friday, June 27, 2014

India: Update--Dutchman Who Murdered British Woman, 24, Gets Judges OK to Speak to Mother

According to The Kashmir Reader, a local court on Thursday (June 26) directed Superintendent of Central Jail Srinagar to allow a Dutch national who is in detention for allegedly murdering a young British woman, Sara Elizabeth Grooves, 24, in 2013 to phone his mother regarding his change of counsel.

The direction by Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar, Rashid Ali Dar, followed submission by the assailant Richard de Wit, 42, that he wanted to change his counsel and should be allowed to contact his mother over the phone to discuss the matter.

In authorizing his wish, the court asked penal authorities to facilitate the conversation and file a report about it by the date of his next hearing.

COMMENT: De Wit was arrested on April 6, 2013, hours after he allegedly murdered the 24-year-old British tourist, Sara Elizabeth Grooves on a houseboat at Dalgate. 

After finding the blood-spattered body of Ms. Grooves on April 6, police promptly arrested Richard from the main town Qazigund in south Kashmir when he was attempting to escape. 

De Wit was subsequently found guilty of murdering the young woman.