Former policeman claims he was falsely charged in murder case

2014-03-07 00:00

A FORMER policeman who is among three men charged with beating a man to death near a Northdale pub on February 23, claims he was falsely charged and should never have been arrested.

Yaseen Mahomed (33), his brother, Aasif Mahomed (30) and Riaz Valley (24) have all indicated they intend to plead not guilty to the murder of Sipho Nkala in the vicinity of the 14 Steps Pub in Debi Place.

They were granted bail of R2 000 each by Pietermaritzburg magistrate Ashin Singh yesterday on condition that they don’t frequent “any public place” and remain under house arrest pending their trial.

They were warned not to go out except to go to work.

Yaseen Mahomed — a former member of the SAPS — said in his affidavit he had gone through a bleak period in his life due to his dependency on drugs and suffered the ignominy of losing his job in order to feed his “reprehensible” habit.

He said he had since turned over a new leaf, and led a “problem-, drug- and incident-free” life.

“I am non-violent and religious,” he said.

Mahomed admitted previous convictions dating back to 2003 or 2004 for corruption, impersonating a police officer and pointing a firearm.

The father of four said he “didn’t touch” the murder victim, Nkala. He said he simply arrived on the scene to separate “what appeared to be an argument” between his brother and the victim.

In his affidavit, Aasif Mahomed confirmed a “minor” argument had taken place between him and Nkala. He said when Valley and his brother arrived he was standing on a staircase and Nkala “struck out” at him with a beer bottle.

“In defending myself, I struck out against him, which resulted in him falling down the staircase.”

He alleged that Nkala was thereafter assaulted by Valley.

In his affidavit, Valley did not discuss the merits of the case.

The case was postponed to April 10.

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