Dutch tourist has admitted killing British woman, say Indian police

Published: April 7, 2013

 

Sarah Groves, a British fitness instructor, was found dead after being found aboard a Kashmir houseboat with 45 stab wounds. A Dutch national, Richard De Wit, was arrested Saturday by Indian police. Submitted photo/Facebook

 

DEAN NELSON
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

A Dutch tourist has confessed to killing a British fitness instructor on a Kashmir houseboat, Indian police claimed Sunday.

A post mortem examination found that Sarah Groves had bled to death from 45 stab wounds and witnesses said the scene was covered in blood.

Richard De Wit, 43, from Holland, was arrested in the early hours of Saturday after he fled the New Beauty houseboat where the 24-year-old personal trainer from Guernsey was found dead.

He had been under the influence of cannabis or heroin, police said.

He appeared before a magistrate in Srinagar yesterday and was formally accused of her murder.

Groves’s boyfriend, Samir Shoda, said he had confronted De Wit at a police station, where officers had asked him to act as an interpreter, and later in their interrogation of the suspect. “I said, ‘You killed her like a devil.’ He said, ‘OK, whatever you think.’ He was looking at me like he wanted to kill me,” he said.

Groves had been staying on the boat for two months after beginning a relationship with the owner’s son while on holiday in Goa.

She was found dead by Adil and Irfan Shoda, sons of the houseboat’s owner AR Shoda, after their mother heard noises in the lake at around 2:30 a.m.

Samir, another son, who normally shared the room with Miss Groves, was away staying with friends.

When the brothers checked the boat, they found the doors to both De Wit’s and Groves’s rooms open and  Groves dead with stab wounds to her neck. They saw De Wit escaping across the lake, they claimed.

He was later arrested in a taxi nearly 50 miles away and taken to Srinagar’s Ram Munshi Bagh police station.

Kashmir’s Deputy Inspector General of Police, Aftal ul Mujtada, yesterday said that De Wit had confessed to killing Groves.

“He has confessed but he has not given any details,” he said. “He said he had taken drugs, he said he had taken cannabis and later he said he had taken ‘brown sugar,’ but he couldn’t remember which.” Blood samples had been taken to establish whether De Wit had been intoxicated.

Mujtada added: “Detectives are not considering any other suspects, but remain interested in anyone who was in the area at the time of the attack, including members of the Shoda family.”

Samir Shoda yesterday said that he had spoken to  Groves’s father, Victor, on Saturday night, describing him as “emotional.” “He was crying … He said, ‘We just want to put this guy in prison for a long time,’” he said.

His mother, Hafiza, said she and Groves had visited Srinagar’s White Mosque together for Friday prayers and later cooked dinner and washed the dishes. “At 12:30 she said, ‘I’m tired. I’m going to sleep.’ I said, ‘You can sleep with me because Samir is not here.’ But she wanted privacy to read her book and she went to her room,” she said.

At 2:30 a.m., she said, she went outside to put on the water heaters and saw their rowing boat “moving from side to side,” she called her sons to investigate.

Irfan said: “The door was already broken, I put my torch on and there was blood everywhere. I couldn’t touch her, I called her but she did not move. There was blood on her neck.” Groves’s friends and family have created an “RIP Sarah Groves” tribute page on Facebook and set up a “Justice for Sarah” blog.

On it, her brother, Tom Groves, called for the family’s privacy to be respected and said: “I realize that I risk sounding like yet another grieving relative here, but please, please, think — if this was your sister or daughter, you’d want justice. She deserved it — she lit up so many peoples lives.”


Tags: , , , , , ,





Featured

swimming

Bull makes a splash, interrupts state level swimming competition in India

VANCOUVER DESI An unlikely contestant — a bull, interrupted a state level competition in India by jumping into the pool to swim with participants, according…
Continue Reading »

mediator Vince Ready

B.C. teachers and government reach tentative deal, mediator says

VIVIAN LUK THE CANADIAN PRESS RICHMOND, B.C. — A tentative deal has been reached in the British Columbia teachers’ strike, a mediator confirmed Tuesday. The…
Continue Reading »

COLD_MURDER_SENTENCE_20130410_210705138

Man jailed for murder of Vancouver girlfriend wants to withdraw his guilty plea (with video)

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI A man who spent 12 years on the lam before being convicted in the fatal shooting of his teenage girlfriend wants…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

mediator Vince Ready

B.C. teachers and government reach tentative deal, mediator says

VIVIAN LUK THE CANADIAN PRESS RICHMOND, B.C. — A tentative deal has been reached in the British Columbia teachers’ strike, a mediator confirmed Tuesday. The…
Continue Reading »

COLD_MURDER_SENTENCE_20130410_210705138

Man jailed for murder of Vancouver girlfriend wants to withdraw his guilty plea (with video)

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI A man who spent 12 years on the lam before being convicted in the fatal shooting of his teenage girlfriend wants…
Continue Reading »

10914RALLY15_217980852

Saskatoon woman, 65, faces death if deported to native Pakistan: lawyer

EVAN RADFORD THE STARPHOENIX A woman in Saskatoon who fled to Canada from her native Pakistan over accusations of adultery has lost a bid to…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Scroll Invitation

Wedding invitations – the Do’s

KIM TREHAN VANCOUVER DESI You are cordially invited…. We request the honor of your presence… Please join us… It is so difficult to decide on…
Continue Reading »

girl child

Upset over having two daughters and no son, man bobbitises himself

IANS Patna – A man in Bihar has bobbitised himself, sniping off his penis with a sharp knife in a fit of rage after a…
Continue Reading »

heptathlete India

Indian athlete with six toes on each foot attempts to overcome deformity to medal at Asian Games

C. RAJSHEKHAR RAO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI – Merely wearing shoes is painful for Swapna Barman. She was born with six toes on each…
Continue Reading »

striking teachers

Kids attending Surrey farm school likely helping to feed some striking teachers (w/video)

GLENDA LUYMES VANCOUVER DESI Instead of pencils and books, kids took up carrots and cucumbers Thursday at “farm school.” As the teachers’ strike stretches on,…
Continue Reading »

crime-Reeva Steenkamp

South Africa prosecuting authority unhappy with Oscar Pistorius judgement in shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

IANS Pretoria – South Africa’s top prosecuting authority Friday expressed its disappointment on not being able to secure a conviction on the original charge of…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger gestures to the waiting media as he returns after visiting Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalitha at her office in Chennai, India, Monday, Sept.15, 2014. The former California Governor is in Chennai as part of a promotional event of Tamil movie ‘I’. AP Photo/Arun Sankar K

Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Chennai for Tamil film launch, says he’d love to work with Shankar

IANS Chennai  – Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was in Chennai on Monday as the chief guest for the audio launch of Tamil film I, said he…
Continue Reading »

Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur

Gallery: Bollywood actors Aditya Roy Kapur and Parineeti Chopra on ‘food yatra’

IANS New Delhi – The lead actors of “Daawat-e-Ishq” Aditya Roy Kapur and Parineeti Chopra have embarked on a ‘food tour’ to promote their upcoming…
Continue Reading »

Shah Rukh Khan Deepika Padukone Bollywood sex

Salman Khan: Shah Rukh Khan and Happy New Year team will promote film on ‘Bigg Boss’

IANS Mumbai – Actor Salman Khan, who is gearing up with “Bigg Boss” season 8 says his rival Shah Rukh Khan will promote his film…
Continue Reading »