PI off the hook for now

2013-11-16 00:00

DURBAN private investigator Brad Nathanson was a happy man yesterday when assault charges were provisionally withdrawn against him at the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court.

The state had asked for adjournment, but Nathanson’s attorney Alex Crockart argued that if the case carried any longer, his client will be prejudiced. He was therefore released on that basis.

Surrounded by his fiancée, brothers and his friends, Nathanson could not contain his joy.

Hugs and kisses flowed freely as he walked out of the packed courtroom.

He was accused of assaulting his ex-wife Sally’s husband Brad Engelbrecht and pointing a firearm at both.

Speaking to Weekend Witness, Nathanson said he felt vindicated.

“I’ve never denied the charges, but what I do deny is that I acted unlawfully,” he said.

Various newspapers had quoted Nathanson saying that he was “lured” to his ex-wife’s home in Kloof and reacted in self-defence.

“I just thank God that justice has prevailed,” he said with a big beam on his face.

He thanked his friends and family who prayed for him and his fiancée Esmé Pretorius for never leaving his side.

He says he now wants to get his children assessed to see if the divorce affected them.

“I want to know my children are okay post-divorce.”

The investigator was also pleased he could now get his three licensed firearms back after he handed them to the police.

Nathanson said his business was still running, and that only a certain division was closed.

Nathanson’s two brothers, Shaun and Marcus from Margate, came to support him and expressed their jubilation.

“We’re glad that he can now get his business on track because he’s doing a lot for the community,” Marcus said.

Pretorius stood by her man.

She told Weekend Witness that if it wasn’t for their faith they wouldn’t have been able to get through the stress.

“Everyone has to believe in something,” she said. The couple had to turn to prayer and meditation.

“It was stressful because of all the continuous attack on our personae and relationship. But now we have been vindicated,” she smiled.

“I can breathe. All I can say is thanks to God.”

She says Nathanson is kind, caring and thoughtful.

“He’s the kindest man I know next to my father. I call him my bear,” she laughed.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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