Ex denies assault

2013-10-07 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG resident Rajendren Pillay (42) has hit back at allegations made during last week’s bail application by FET college murder accused Claudius Chetty* (19) that he had “abused” Chetty’s mother, causing her sons to assault him.

Chetty and his brother Theo are charged with assaulting Pillay on May 26, while Pillay faces counter charges of assault laid against him by Chetty’s mother and Theo.

Pillay told The Witness yesterday that Chetty’s mother, Sherlee, with whom he was in a relationship until May this year, has laid charges, alleging that he assaulted her on December 25 last year, January 6 and May 12.

Theo has also charged Pillay with common assault for allegedly “scratching” him during the alleged altercation on May 26.

Pillay said he denies all the charges against him and had refused offers by prosecutors to “mediate” the dispute because he had done nothing wrong.

He says he and Sherlee argued when she accused him of being unfaithful as he drove her home to Copesville, a short drive from his own home.

Later, Sherlee and her sons arrived at his home. He says he was assaulted.

Claudius swore at him “using Fs and Bs”, he said.

The “big son” (Theo) removed his glasses and placed them on the bonnet of the car before entering.

Pillay alleged Theo grabbed him by the scruff of his collar, shook him and accused him of abusing his mother.

He said Pillay’s mother tried to intervene but Chetty went round her, kicked and slapped him, and then, when he fell to the ground, he was kicked on his head and back by both brothers.

“My mother tried to pull them off me. She was very brave … After a while I just passed out,” he said.

Pillay said he could not defend himself against the brothers, who were “big guys”, and laid assault charges against them the next day, and was treated in hospital.

He says the counter charges were only laid against him a few days later.

Claudius said he, his brother and mother had gone to Pillay’s home to ask “why he was abusing my mother”, but Pillay had shaped up for a fight and refused to explain the alleged abuse.

“Rajendren then confronted Theo and pushed Theo. I then intervened and pushed Rajendren as well. When I pushed him, he fell on the ground and I then punched him as I was angered by his actions as he was behaving violently and did not offer an apology for abusing my mother. I further witnessed Rajendren kicking my brother Theo after they had wrestled on the ground after he had fell,” Claudius said.

He stated that Pillay’s mother had “jumped in” and stopped the altercation.

* Claudius Chetty is currently applying for bail in another case in which he is charged with the murder of FET College student Rashmika Janthielayal on June 3. The bail application is set to proceed on Friday.

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