‘Someone wants me behind bars,’ says local doctor

2012-10-31 00:00

A LOCAL doctor alleges that masked men had fired rubber bullets at him last week and that his life has been threatened as part of a vendetta being waged against him, which also led to his being falsely accused of sexual assault.

The state yesterday withdrew the sexual assault charge at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court amidst protestations by the alleged victim’s lawyer.

Attorney Nasen Naicker noted his concern over the withdrawal of the charge. He said he has made written representations to the director of public prosecutions on behalf of the victim — a 20-year-old female patient who felt “let down by the justice system”.

The doctor, who asked not to be named, meanwhile said in a written statement yesterday that although he was relieved that the charge had been withdrawn against him, events since his arrest suggested there was a vendetta against him and his family.

It had been a trying time for them, but they had got through it, thanks to those who had faith in him, he said. Though unable to provide specific details, a family member said it was believed the vendetta was due to “jealousy among close friends” which got out of hand.

The doctor said a few weeks after his arrest, the walls of his home and surgery were defaced with graffiti and he and his wife received threatening calls. Then last week, he was attacked as he left his surgery and was about to enter his vehicle.

“A car with no number plates stopped outside and two masked men shot at me with rubber bullets. I sustained numerous injuries to my body. On Monday, both my wife and I received threatening phone calls from a man saying ‘last week was rubber bullets, this week it will be real bullets if you and your family do not get out of KZN’,” he said.

The doctor further alleged that when he was arrested, the courteous attitude of police at Mountain Rise changed after they received a phone call.

“Suddenly they wanted to deny me bail and lock me up for 48 hours … It was quite obvious that this was the work of someone who is quite vindictive and bitter, who wanted me to spend time behind bars in an attempt to embarrass me and damage my family and professional reputation,” he said.

He said he is seeking legal advice.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed the doctor had opened a case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm in connection with the attack by two masked men at about 2.30 pm on October 24. She said the men fled in a blue-grey vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact W/O Sean Knox at 033 387 9623/4.

Jeevan said the doctor also told police about his alleged maltreatment when he was arrested. However, he needed to make a sworn statement to take the matter further.

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