Attorney tells of bush knife attack

2013-05-10 00:00

A LOCAL attorney has described being “chopped” on his head, face and ear with a bush knife and stabbed in the chest by members of a Northdale family who allegedly lured him to their home on a pretext of hiring him.

Nasen Naicker told regional magistrate Verushka Jamuna that he managed to “push” his way out of the house in Bangalore Road and fled for his life, leaving behind his sandals, receipt book and motor car.

When police later recovered his sandals someone in the house was allegedly wearing them, he said. He was given a lift to hospital by a motorist.

Naicker was testifying at the trial of Govindsamy Moodley (48) and his three sons, Roland (26), Damien (18) and Darrol (22), who all pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder arising from the alleged attack on December 26, 2011.

Naicker said he “assumed that the reason for the attack was that Roland Moodley had accused him of having assaulted him during an altercation which had occurred on Christmas Day”.

“I did not assault him,” Naicker told the court.

Naicker said he had “intervened” when Roland Moodley assaulted a minor on that day and an altercation broke out. Police were called and he (Naicker) left.

“I believe he [Roland] was assaulted by certain people who live down the road from me,” he said during cross-examination by defence attorney Thembinkosi Luthuli.

Naicker denied allegations by the accused that he was the aggressor on the day in question after going to the Moodleys’ house to discuss the incident involving Roland.

“They are lying,” he said.

Naicker said he was at the Northdale tote when an acquaintance, Timothy Reddy, told him that people were looking for him and pointed out Govindsamy, Damien and Darrol Moodley to him.

Govindsamy told Naicker he had been caught for drunk driving and wanted him to represent him in court.

“I informed him that he needed to pay a R2 000 deposit to secure my attendance at court, to which he agreed.”

Naicker said Govindsamy called him later to say he had the money ready and asked Naicker to come to his home because he didn’t have transport.

While he was in the lounge, Govindsamy went to fetch the money, and Naicker began writing out a receipt. Moments later Naicker felt a “thud” on his head.

“I felt hot and when I put my left hand on my face I felt blood. I got up and looked round to see what was going on … I saw accused three [Govindsamy Moodley] with a bush knife in his hand.

“He struck out two more times, chopping me on my ear and across my face below the eye, missing my eye by less than a millimetre,” he said.

“I realised I was in serious trouble and I started to push my way out of the lounge,” Naicker said.

He said he was “blocked” by Govindsamy and Damien Moodley. He also saw Darrol on the scene carrying a stick but could not say for certain if he had hit him with it.

As Naicker tried to run out through the kitchen Roland Moodley appeared, armed with a metal bar and he felt a blow on his back.

Damien Moodley came from the front and stabbed him in the chest with a knife.

“I did not see what type of knife. I was badly injured.

My main aim was to get out of that house,” said Naicker.

He managed to get away and was chased up the road by the accused, he said.

He believed members of the public intervened to stop them.

The case will continue on May 20.

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