Dog fight sparked ‘free-for-all’

2012-03-16 00:00

A DOG fight in Northdale led to the stabbing to death of a young man and injury to his brother, according to evidence in the regional court yesterday.

Faheez Vally, who suffered a “slit” down the side of his face, gave evidence yesterday against accused Nazeer Ahmed Hoosen Bux (25).

Bux pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mohamed Vally and to assaulting Faheez Vally with the intention of doing him grievous bodily harm.

According to a statement read to court by his attorney, Anand Pillay, Bux claims he was in fact the victim of an assault by the Vally brothers and others, which developed into a “free-for-all”.

He denies having stabbed the brothers.

Faheez Vally testified that he was playing “fetch” in the street with his pitbull while he and some friends walked along Ginger Road, not far from his home, when the incident happened at about 9.30 pm on October 29, 2010.

He said his dog was not on a leash. Suddenly two dogs appeared from the yard of Bux’s in-laws and a dog fight started.

He was trying to separate the dogs and put a leash on his dog when Bux drove up, jumped out of his vehicle and “swung” a knife at him, cutting his face next to his ear, he said.

His brother, Mohamed, came to his aid and was stabbed in the chest, he said.

“When he saw me being hit he obviously tried to defend me, being my brother …

“He approached the accused with his fists up … Then he got stabbed,” he said.

Vally said he did not provoke Bux in any way.

“There were no words [by Bux], only actions”, he said.

Under cross-examination by Pillay, Vally said that when he was attacked he’d swung his dog’s chain at Bux, hitting him on his head.

He said the murder weapon was a dagger, which was “longer than a ruler”, had a serrated edge and was very sharp.

He denied that he used alcohol or drugs and said he knew of no acts of “intimidation” against Bux and his then girlfriend, Joslyn Naidoo, before the incident.

Bux said in a statement he noticed a group of people at the house of his future in-laws.

He and Joslyn, now his wife, got out of their car and he “noticed the commotion was about dogs”.

“I told Faheez Yacoob Vally to take his dog and go home.

“Faheez became vulgar and he and his brother, Mohamed Raheem Yacoob Vally, began assaulting me with punches, kicks, a dog chain, knives and other sharp objects.”

Bux said he retaliated by “punching and kicking and even threw and object at them” to ward off the attack, which developed into a “free-for-all”.

Bux said he was severely injured on his head and left hand.

He could not see or identify any other attackers because blood was pouring from his head and over his face and eyes.

The case is proceeding.

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