Lotto-win ex-cop gets bail

2014-02-12 00:00

FORMER policeman and lotto winner, Dayalin Maslamoney (39), was yesterday granted bail of R2 000 in connection with allegations that he and a co-accused impersonated policemen and stole money by false pretences on two occasions.

Maslamoney’s alleged co-perpetrator, Zaheer Khan (35), was not so lucky. Magistrate Celemusa Zungu said that after hearing evidence that Khan has a previous conviction for theft and a pending case for alleged possession of stolen property, that it was not in the interests of justice to release him on bail.

Khan and Maslamoney intend pleading not guilty to the charges.

State prosecutor Sharleen Haggard said the accused are facing two counts of theft by false pretences and one of impersonating policemen committed in November last year and February this year at the same premises in Boom Street.

They were arrested on February 2 shortly after they allegedly gained entry to the house and demanded money from one of the occupants, Yusuf Billy.

During the incident they allegedly pretended to be policemen and displayed a police identification badge.

Maslamoney, who was a former policeman, resigned from the police force four-and-a-half years ago when he won a R10 million lotto jackpot.

In his evidence in support of his bail application yesterday Maslamoney said he was managing two video outlets that are registered in his ex-wife’s name.

He admitted to having a previous conviction for negligently losing his firearm in 2003 and a drunk driving conviction dating back to 1997.

His attorney, Siva Chetty, submitted neither of these was relevant to the present case, which was accepted by the magistrate.

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