Cop in dock for allegedly intimidating wife’s lover

2014-08-12 00:00

“YOU are sleeping with my wife, I will be sleeping with your daughter in the next 4 years.”

This is the content of a text message Mountain Rise Constable Anesh Chathu is alleged to have sent his estranged wife’s boyfriend, Vidyl Roderrick Morren, as part of a campaign of intimidation.

Chathu is charged with intimidating Morren at his Ashburton home and assaulting him. He also faces a charge of malicious damage to property for allegedly slashing the tyres on Morren’s bakkie. It’s also alleged that he sent picture messages of Morren’s daughter, threatening to kidnap her.

The investigating officer, Captain Piet van Zanten, entered the witness stand in opposing bail for Chathu on Friday. He told the court that Chathu’s friends tried to intimidate the prosecutor, who was reading the docket before it was enrolled.

They allegedly tried to persuade the prosecutor not to enrol the matter.

“After the case was reported to me, I personally phoned Chathu. He promised to come and see me. He later came to my office with his lawyer. His lawyer promised to send me a warning statement; I have not received it to date.

“He has not been to work ever since I told him about this case. I asked him to leave his service pistol, but on that day he said it was at home in his safe. I managed to arrest him on Thursday in Raisethorpe at a gym,” said Van Zanten.

Chathu had been temporarily transferred to Alexandra police station, pending a disciplinary inquiry, when the alleged incidents happened.

Van Zanten added that Chathu had sent messages to Morren, telling him that he would sleep with his daughter because Morren was sleeping with his wife.

“At one stage, I was told by Morren that Chathu threatened to kidnap his daughter from school. I had to race to the school, but I did not see him there. He later called Morren while I was with him and continued making threats,” said Van Zanten.

He told the court that Chathu has a previous conviction for assaulting a police officer, adding that he was going to be sending the phones to experts for analysis.

Chatu’s attorney, Kameel Jagernath, produced a letter for his client to be detained at Mountain Rise police station holding cells.

However, Van Zanten questioned the authenticity of the letter, saying he was unaware of its existence until it was produced in court.

Magistrate Nsoaki Ndawonde ordered that Chathu be kept at the New Prison holding cells. He will be back in court today for the bail application to continue.

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