Accused Durban lawyer is a handful

2011-04-16 00:00

“THAT guy is berserk,” says security company manager Ronnie Naidoo, referring to Durban attorney Koobashan Naicker, who is being charged with the death of three people in an accident on Durban’s Athlone Bridge last month.

Naidoo, who manages TKZN Security, says he had to intervene on numerous occasions when the accused attempted to assault his security guards at Naicker’s luxury flat in Durban North.

“That guy is berserk; he hurled racial slurs at my guards, kicked glass doors in and even went as far as trying to run one of my staff over when they told him to lower the noise levels. He was always intoxicated and just a difficult person to handle,” Naidoo says.

The body corporate at the High Rise flat also revealed that numerous letters were issued to the accused for a range of issues to no avail. Naicker is facing charges of culpable homicide, which are likely to become three counts of murder for the deaths of Carmen Hunter (19), Gillian Bell (33) and her son Connor (nine) in Durban North, apparently after drinking alcohol at the Riverside Hotel and then driving his ML320 Mercedes Benz on to the oncoming lane. Sisters Jenna (six) and Kayla Martin (four) were seriously injured, as was the accused.

Naicker is no stranger to the other side of the law and has in fact been arrested previously for driving under the influence of alcohol. He appeared on other charges in Tongaat Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Separate charges include robbery, theft, assault and malicious damage to property.

Naicker, who specialises in Road Accident Fund claims, has accumulated a fortune. Many of his clients have, however, complained about non-payment of claims.

Last week the Natal Law Society made an application to the high court in Pietermaritzburg for Naicker to be suspended because he has not submitted an audit of his trust account. He will remain in custody until Monday, when he is expected to apply for bail. The state is opposed to bail, however, and it is likely to add other charges before next week.

The matter will be back in court next month.

Meanwhile, Jason Bell, who lost his wife Gillian and son Connor in the accident, said that it all still seems very surreal, but that with time he hopes some closure will be found. They were returning from a birthday party when the accident happened.

Bell has launched a petition to compel the municipality to create speed bumps on Athlone Bridge.

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