Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
A LAWYER for a Briton accused of killing his South African ex-girlfriend and dumping her body in the sea off Dubai claims she is alive and faking her death to frame her ex-lover, a report said yesterday.
Kerry Winter disappeared in August 2008 following a quarrel with her former partner, Mark Arnold, 42.
The prosecution charged him with clubbing Winter to death with a baseball bat and dumping her body in the sea with weights attached when his trial began in April 2009.
Winter's corpse has never been found.
"There is no body or baseball bat that was allegedly used in the murder ... Kerry Winter made this up to get revenge because their relationship had ended," lawyer Yousuf Hammad told the court, according to English-language daily 7Days.
The prosecution claims that Arnold has admitted to the charges but his lawyer told the court on Monday that his earlier confessions were made under pressure.
He said that Winter was upset because her partner of five years had dumped her for a new girlfriend, adding that the pair argued the day she disappeared but that Arnold did not kill her.
"The pair drove into the desert and Arnold tried to calm her down but she kept hitting him and got out of the car, at which point Arnold drove off," he said.
Three hours after the incident a policeman called Kerry on her mobile phone, and she answered saying that she was fine, he said, the paper added.
"Winter has used this story to punish Arnold," Hammad said, describing the whole incident as "just a woman's revenge."
Arnold has insisted he was not guilty.
"I was with her but I didn't kill her," he told the court.
Earlier reports said Arnold told investigators he had argued with Winter and hit her over the head with a wooden stick until she bled and fell to the ground.
He has been in custody since August 2008. He had received a one-month jail sentence over endangering the life of a Lebanese housemate of Winter by swinging a baseball bat at him when he was alerted to the argument between the two outside her villa. The court decided to keep Arnold in custody since then.
Murder is a capital crime in the United Arab Emirates but the death sentence is rarely carried out. - Sapa