Fake deed: PMB couple fail in bid for leave to appeal conviction

2013-06-04 00:00

TWO high court judges have dismissed a petition by Pietermaritzburg fraudsters, Dinesh Lutchman and Akashnee Singh, for leave to appeal against their conviction.

The couple is currently on bail of R4 000 each, but the ruling means they are required to surrender themselves to serve out their jail sentences.

Lutchman and Singh were found guilty in December 2011 of having fraudulently deprived homeowner Rowena Padayachee of her Burger Street house which she had inherited from her mother.

The couple were each sentenced to eight years imprisonment, of which half was conditionally suspended for five years by regional court magistrate Chris van Vuuren.

The court found that the couple, who were tenants in the house at the time, had presented a fake deed of sale to a lawyer in a bid to illegally take transfer of the property.

As a result of their actions, Padayachee was deprived of her house for nearly eight years, as they continued to live there whilst fighting the case in court. After the couple began serving their jail terms, Padayachee regained access to her house and changed the locks.

The two were granted bail by a high court judge late last year pending their petition for leave to appeal to the KZN judge president.

On Friday Judge David Ntshangase with Judge Mohini Murugasen dismissed the petition.

In terms of their bail conditions they now have to surrender to prison authorities within two days of an order being served on them by the clerk of court.

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