India-born Australian jailed for 9 yrs in S Africa

Media described Shumsheer Singh Ghumman as a high-flyer former London City Fund manager

Written by Press Trust Of India | Johannesburg | Published: June 2, 2012 1:21 am

An Indian-born Australian citizen has been sentenced to nine years in jail by a South African court for fire-bombing the family home of a woman he was obsessed with after trying to hire a hitman to kill her father.

Media described Shumsheer Singh Ghumman as a high-flyer former London City Fund manager. The South African court heard that 33-year-old Ghumman developed an obsession with Hannah Rhind,30,when she was working as a PR executive for a pharmaceutical firm in London,the Daily Mail reported.

Ghumman offered to pay a gangster £850 to kill Philip Rhind,an oil firm executive. But the “hitman” pulled out of the deal,prompting Ghumman to try to complete the job himself by throwing Molotov cocktails at the Rhind family’s villa in Cape Town.

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