Treasurer’s bid to appeal quashed

2016-01-29 12:14
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Pietermaritzburg - Former local policeman Brian Treasurer, who is serving a life sentence for his role in the 2013 murder of Dr Bhavish Sewram, has failed in an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Attorney Naren Sangham confirmed yesterday that his offices had received official confirmation from the appeals court that Treasurer’s petition for leave to appeal against his conviction and sentence had failed.

The decision was taken in December.

The appeal court judges found that there was no reasonable prospect of a successful appeal by Treasurer.

Sangham confirmed that although this appeared to be the “end of the road” for Treasurer, his office had been instructed by him to explore any possible constitutional challenges.

“At the moment we haven’t found any, but we are endeavouring to ascertain whether there are any,” he said.

Treasurer (55) and Mfaniseni Nxumalo (37) were found guilty by Judge Anton van Zyl last year of participating in the murder of Sewram. The doctor was gunned down by Sabelo Dlamini as he left his surgery the night of May 13, 2013.

Dlamini testified in the case that he was paid R12 000 to carry out the murder.

In his judgment, Van Zyl said it was clear that there was a “principal” behind the doctor’s murder.

The state alleges that this person is Pietermaritzburg businessman ­Rajivee Soni, who is currently still standing trial in connection with the murder before Judge Jacqueline Henriques and an assessor.

Van Zyl had refused to grant Treasurer and Nxumalo leave to appeal against their convictions. Treasurer thereafter petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeals in an attempt to be given leave to appeal.

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