Ex-lotto winner’s theft case provisionally withdrawn

2014-07-08 00:00

FORMER policeman and lotto winner Dayalin Maslamoney (39) is temporarily a free man after his theft case was provisionally withdrawn in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Maslamoney and his co-accused, ­Zaheer Khan, faced charges in connection with allegations that they had impersonated policemen and stolen R250 by false pretences. However, the charges were withdrawn when state witnesses did not come to court to give evidence yesterday as ­arranged.

Prosecutor Siyabonga Mkhwanazi ­applied for an adjournment, but Khan’s ­lawyer Kameel Jagernath opposed the application. Jagernath said the adjournment would be prejudicial to his client, who was always in court on the dates set by the court for trial.

“This is happening for a second time; the case is set for trial and state witnesses are not here,” he said.

Jagernath said this was a high-profile case that was reported on quite extensively.

Magistrate Celumusa Zungu refused the application and the state was forced to provisionally withdraw the charges.

Maslamoney and Khan were arrested on February 2, shortly after they allegedly entered a Boom Street house, while pretending to be policemen, and demanded money from one of the occupants, Yusuf Billy (20).

During the incident they allegedly displayed a police identification badge.

Maslamoney, a former policeman, resigned from the police service four years ago after winning R10,4 million in the Lotto.

His attorney, Siva Chetty, said they are considering taking action against the minister of Police.

“We are considering taking action against the minister for wrongful and ­unlawful arrest by the police,” he said.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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