Cop trial: witness ‘fearful’of accused

2010-10-12 00:00

AN allegation that two men accused of crimes at the Mountain Rise police station have made threats to a possible witness in her home were strongly denied in the Pietermaritzburg regional court yesterday.

The allegation was made during an application by the state to have the bail of Captain Suresh Narainduth and businessman Sigamoney Pillay withdrawn for allegedly interfering with a witness.

Rajashree Narine, a police administration clerk, said Narainduth and Pillay visited her at her home and discussed an allegation that a witness named “Stanley” would be fed a dose that would make his throat scratch, causing his death before he could drink water. She felt threatened for herself and her children, she added, because they said Stanley would not live until the trial and she believed this might happen to her.

Although she invited them into her home and gave them a cold drink because they were old acqaintances, she said she was fearful and trembling when they arrived.

In reply to questions by advocate Jimmy Howse, for Narainduth, she said that she was worried because they were accused and she was a possible witness and their visit might compromise her.

Howse said there was nothing stopping her from telling them that they should not discuss the matter. She said that she did not think of that at the time. Howse said that her statement that she was fearful would not hold water.

In affidavits handed to court, Narainduth and Pillay said that when they were released on bail they were merely ordered not to interfere with witnesses. They did not then know that Narine was a potential witness for the trial.

The hearing of the application was adjourned to October 21.

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