Bail for love triangle man

2010-12-16 00:00

ACCUSED Larry Bhagwandin (39), charged with the murder of his former employee, Raymond Paul (28), last Friday, is said to have had an affair with the victim’s wife for four years, and she is alleged to have borne him a child five months ago, having had two miscarriages previously.

When Paul left work after his wife confessed her affair to him during Diwali, Bhagwandin allegedly employed Paul’s wife to do his job.

Bhagwandin is married and has three other children.

On the day of the murder, Paul allegedly confronted Bhagwandin at the business premises and tried to attack him with a “blade”. When Bhagwandin drew his gun, however, Paul and the other employees ran away.

Paul then allegedly used one of his former colleagues as a “shield” while backing away from Bhagwandin. When the person he was sheltering behind tripped and fell Bhagwandin allegedly shot him once in the chest.

After Paul fell down Bhagwandin allegedly walked up to him, pointed the gun at his head and told him: “Don’t f*** with me.”

This evidence was given in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday by Warrant Officer Ashok Baldowu, who opposed the granting of bail on the grounds that he fears for Bhagwandin’s safety and that of state witnesses, most of whom are Bhagwandin’s employees.

He said Paul’s father was quoted in the media as saying that if police do not do their job he will “take the law into his own hands”. Furthermore, while Bhagwandin was surrendering himself at Mountain Rise police station, someone found his car and broke a window of the vehicle.

However, Magistrate Divesh Mootheram ruled that it was in the interests of justice to release Bhagwandin on bail, bearing in mind that the events arise from a “love triangle” and “high emotions”.

Mootheram said he also has regard to the fact that immediately after Bhagwandin allegedly shot and killed Paul at his warehouse in Allandale Road, he handed himself over to the police and surrendered his firearm and the “blade” with which Paul allegedly threatened him.

Mootheram granted Bhagwandin bail of R3 000 on condition that he lives at a secret address in Durban and does not contact the state witnesses in any way.

Bhagwandin is allowed to come to Pietermaritzburg only to attend court or meet his attorney, Kogulan Chetty.

Bhagwandin’s wife and sister, who both attended the bail hearing and who are running Bhagwandin’s tyre business in his absence, were also warned not to intimidate the witnesses or discuss the case with them.

Mootheram warned Bhagwandin that if there is any interference with witnesses he will cancel his bail.

The case was postponed to January 28.

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