Doctor’s widow to sue Soni

2015-12-15 11:00
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Pietermaritzburg - The widow of murdered Pietermaritzburg doctor Bhavish Sewram is to sue the alleged mastermind behind his murder, Rajivee Soni, for millions.

The Witness confirmed this yesterday following an attempt by a representative from the sheriff’s office to serve a document on Soni at the Pietermaritzburg high court where the businessman’s murder trial continued yesterday.

The document was not accepted by Soni or his attorney, Naren Sangham, allegedly on grounds that it carried the “wrong address”.

The sheriff’s representative went away without effecting service.

The Witness established that the document concerned is the first step towards notifying Soni of a pending civil lawsuit against him by Sewram’s widow, Yuvadia.

Yuvadia Sewram, represented by attorney Siva Chetty, is claiming damages of more than R10,6 million on behalf of herself and her two minor children resulting from the “loss of support” they have suffered as a result of her husband’s murder.

Asked via SMS yesterday if he would like to make a comment on Soni’s behalf concerning the matter, Sangham said he had no comment as he did not know what document they wanted to serve on his client.

Soni has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he was responsible for hiring a hitman to kill Sewram.

The doctor was shot three times as he was leaving his surgery in Chota Motala Road on the night of May 13, 2013.

The state alleges Soni was behind a “vendetta” against Sewram over his suspicions that the doctor had an affair with Soni’s wife, Kerusha, which eventually led to Sewram’s murder.

Soni has pleaded not guilty to all the charges before Judge Jacqueline Henriques and assessor Gerhard Barnard.

Yesterday a final expert was called to testify with regard to the video recording allegedly made by one of the state witnesses in the case, Professor Sithebe.

This brings to a close the “trial within a trial”, which has spanned several weeks while the court probes the originality, authenticity and legal admissibility of the video into evidence.

The defence maintains that there are numerous flaws in the way the video, and the cellphone on which it was recorded, were handled by police investigators after they retrieved it from Cash Crusaders, where the cellphone had been pawned.

According to Sithebe’s evidence, he took the video whilst travelling with Soni in his car in the vicinity of Dr Bhavish Sewram’s surgery in Chota Motala Road during February 2013.

Sithebe alleges Soni asked him to kill Sewram for R100 000 but that he refused and instead tipped off the doctor about the murder plan.

According to his evidence, he took the video at a time when he was pretending to Soni that he had in fact shot at the doctor, but missed.

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