Murder accused ex-cop handed R72k to friend, court hears

2015-09-02 16:31
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Pietermaritzburg - Former policeman Brian Treasurer, who is on trial for the murder of a Pietermaritzburg doctor, handed a packet containing R72 000 to his "fishing buddy", the KwaZulu-Natal High Court was told on Wednesday.

The friend, Yugen Govender, said Treasurer asked him to keep the money in his safe. He said Treasurer had told him he had "a few problems".

Govender said that because Treasurer and he were friends, he did not ask him to elucidate. Govender said Treasurer was not employed at the time, but claimed he had a cartage business.

After a few days Treasurer asked him to give it to his (Treasurer's) sister. He did not know what happened to the money after that.

State evidence is that Treasurer handed hitman Sabelo Dlamini the murder pistol, drove his co-accused Mfaniseni Nxumalo and Dlamini to the scene of the murder, spirited them away and took them to a traditional healer for "cleansing".

This was after Dr Bhavish Sewram was shot dead by Dlamini as he left his surgery in May 2013.

Dlamini, who pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 25 years' jail, told the court that Treasurer had handed him the pistol and told him how to use it. 

He told Dlamini that he would be paid R12 000 for assassinating Sewram.

The case continues on Thursday.

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