Chaos erupts as cop in intimidation case ‘collapses’ in court

2014-08-13 00:00

CHAOS erupted at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court as a Mountain Rice policeman apparently collapsed in the dock when his case of intimidation was adjourned yesterday.

Constable Anesh Chathu fell to the floor when he heard that he was going to spend another three days in custody before his bail application could be heard.

However, a court orderly dismissed his actions as fake and dragged and pushed him out of court.

“You should stop this act, stand up and walk,” he told Chathu as others shouted “Get up, get up” as he was dragged to the cells.

His lawyer, Naren Sangham, calmly walked out of court while his client was being dragged out, and did not interfere.

Magistrate Nsoaki Ndawonde asked if he was okay and if he needed an ambulance. However, the court orderlies responded that he had done the same thing on Friday when he was waiting to be taken to prison. “He is faking it,” said one.

Attorney Kameel Jagernath, who represented Chathu on Friday, withdrew and magistrate Ndawonde recused herself from the matter too.

This follows an application by prosecutor Rene Padayachee that the case be transferred to N court for a bail hearing on Friday.

Chathu is charged with intimidating Vidyl Roderrick Morren, his estranged wife’s boyfriend, in his Ashburton home and assaulting him, and malicious damage to property for allegedly slashing the tyres on Morren’s bakkie. It is also alleged that he threatened to kidnap Morren’s daughter.

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