Arrests in city murder

2013-07-02 00:00

TWO men are expected to appear in a Pietermaritzburg court today in connection with the assassination-style murder of prominent local doctor Bhavish Sewram (33) on the night of May 13.

Sewram was shot in his car as he left his surgery in Chota Motala Road.

His father, Parmanand Sewram, yesterday welcomed the news of the arrests of two suspects for his son’s ­murder.

It is believed that police also seized a firearm believed to be the murder weapon, which will be sent for ballistics tests.

“We as family very grateful and thankful to the provincial task team of the police for apprehending the suspects. We would like to see the law taking its course, so it can bring closure and the truth can be revealed,” said Sewram.

Confirming the arrests yesterday, Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the two suspects, aged 29 and 34, were arrested at their homes in Copesville in the early hours of Sunday by members of a provincial task team appointed to investigate the doctor’s murder under the command of Brigadier Clifford Marion.

The police investigation is ongoing and The Witness has information that more arrests could follow.

Police said the doctor was shot three times, in his neck, back and arm, by a person who casually approached his car as he was about to drive off at about 7 pm.

The gunman, who was reportedly wearing a hooded top, fled the scene immediately after the shooting without taking any valuables, fuelling speculation that the murder was a “hit”.

The murder followed a number of incidents, which the doctor and his family ascribed to a “vendetta” being waged out of “jealousy”.

This included graffiti being painted on the walls of his home and surgery, threatening phone calls to himself and his wife, as well as an incident on October 24, when rubber bullets were allegedly fired at him with a paintball gun.

He was also allegedly falsely charged with sexual assault and possession of drugs.

Sewram left behind his wife, Yuvadia, and two children, Lysti (5) and Zita (3).

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