Accused is a former policeman

2013-07-10 00:00

THE third man arrested in connection with the murder of well-known Pietermaritzburg doctor Bhavish Sewram is a former ­policeman.

Brian Bazil Treasurer (52) ­appeared in court yesterday and was released on R50 000 bail.

Police Warrant Officer Yoga Naidoo, giving evidence at Treasurer’s bail hearing, said Treasurer transported his co-accused, Sabelo Advocate Dlamini (24) and Mfaniseni Wiseman Nxumalo (34), to the doctor’s rooms on that day.

The three accused all appeared to be calm, but kept looking down throughout proceedings.

The state was not opposed to Treasurer being released on bail.

Prosecutor Rick van Wyk told the court that he was not a flight risk and he doesn’t know the witness in this case.

Treasurer, led by his lawyer Lindokuhle Mpongose in the witness dock, said he had raised R50 000 for bail and is busy building a creche and boarding house.

He told the court that he intends to plead not guilty to the charge.

Naidoo was also asked to explain why the state is not opposing bail as this is a schedule six offence. Naidoo told the court that Treasurer’s address had been verified, and said he is accused of transporting the accused to the ­doctor’s rooms.

Magistrate Bhekizitha Phoswa granted bail with the conditions that he must report to the police twice a week and hand over his ID to the ­investigating officer.

All three accused are still waiting for their Legal Aid attorneys.

Legal Aid will appoint attorneys to represent them. They are due back in court on July 26.

After court adjourned the three tried to hide themselves from photographers.

Treasurer left the court hiding his face in his scarf, showing his middle finger and a clenched fist at the photographers.


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