18 months for city drug dealer

2013-11-20 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG father Sathiaseelan Naidoo (49) is going to spend the next 18 months in prison for dealing in cocaine, in addition to a suspended sentence that will hang over his head for the next five years.

Naidoo pleaded guilty before regional court magistrate Chris van Vuuren yesterday to a charge of dealing half a “jaw” of cocaine worth R700 at Mars Crescent in Northdale on January 11.

In terms of a plea bargain agreement with the state, Naidoo accepted a sentence of 36 months’ imprisonment, half suspended conditionally for five years.

The court was informed that Naidoo had sold the cocaine in question to an undercover police agent.

Naidoo, in mitigation of sentence, said he was divorced, had two children who are financially dependent on him; was employed as a truck driver, and was remorseful for his actions.

The sentence would act as a deterrent to him and he would live the rest of his life with his conviction hanging over his head.

Van Vuuren said the court was satisfied that the sentence was just and appropriate in the circumstances of the case.

Naidoo’s trial was recently separated by the state from that of seven other accused who are facing charges of racketeering linked to the alleged sale of cocaine from two properties in Mars Crescent.

Magistrate Ashin Singh has refused bail to the accused in that case — alleged masterminds Yasmin and Hoosen Mohamed, and drug runners Norman Govender, Kubashen Nelson, Tony Ramthew, Azam Ismail and Suleman Sheik.

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