Murder accused Treasurer finally appears in court

2014-08-29 00:00

MURDER accused Brian Treasurer finally appeared in the high court yesterday, charged with killing a local doctor, after being discharged from hospital.

Judge Fikile Mokgohloa cancelled a warrant for his arrest that had been authorised, but suspended, when he failed to appear in court on Monday after being admitted to hospital with chest pains.

His lawyer, Morgan Pillay, told the court yesterday morning that Treasurer was now “fine”.

State advocate Sandesh Sankar said the prosecution was ready to proceed.

But because the case could no longer be completed by the end of this week — which was the time allocated for the trial — it was suggested that the case should be postponed until February next year for trial.

Judge Mokgohloa expressed concern that she was told the case was urgent, and said she was prepared to hear it next week.

After discussions with KZN Judge President Chiman Patel, it was thereafter postponed until Monday for trial.

A new legal representative was due to be appointed for Treasurer (by the Legal Aid Board) yesterday, since Pillay is not available next week and was given leave to withdraw from the trial.

Judge Mokgohloa instructed Treasurer to return to court today to consult with his new lawyer ahead of the case starting on Monday.

His co-accused, Mfaniseni Nxumalo, will only appear in court again on Monday.

Treasurer and Nxumalo are charged with the murder of Pietermaritzburg doctor Bhavish Sewram, who was shot dead on May 13 last year as he left his surgery.

The state alleges the murder was paid for by businessman Rajivee Soni, who suspected Sewram of having an affair with his wife.

Soni will stand trial separately in March next year.

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