'Doctor should be shot because he is in love with my friend's wife'

2015-09-07 17:48
Bhavish Sewram (The Witness)

Bhavish Sewram (The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - One of the men accused of murdering Dr Bhavish Sewram told the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Monday he was not brave enough to kill someone.

Mfaniseni Nxumalo and co-accused former policeman Brian Treasurer are on trial for Sewram's murder.

Sewram was shot dead close to his surgery in 2013.

Testifying in his defence on Monday, Nxumalo said Treasurer told him Sewram should be shot because he was in love with his friend's wife.

The trial parallels that of Pietermaritzburg businessman Rajivee Soni who was also charged with Sewram's murder. The State alleges Soni wanted Sewram killed because he suspected him of having an affair with his wife. Soni's trial resumes in November.

In the present case, the indictment reads Treasurer and Nxumalo took hitman Sabelo Dlamini to Sewram's surgery. Dlamini shot and fatally wounded Sewram. Treasurer allegedly provided the pistol and showed Dlamini how to use it.

Dlamini is presently serving a 25-year-sentence after pleading guilty.

Nxumalo told the court at the time he did not know the purpose of taking Dlamini to Sewram's surgery was to shoot him.

He said after the murder, Treasurer was unhappy with Dlamini for killing Sewram, because he wanted Sewram to be hit in the arm or leg and not in a vital place. Dlamini had in turn replied if he had only wounded Sewram, he would have been recognised as the murderer, Nxumalo said.

The trial continues.

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