House fraudsters resort to ‘frivolous’ tactics to delay their sentencing

2011-11-16 00:00

IN yet another twist in the trial of convicted fraudsters Akashnee Singh and Dinesh Lutchman, they fired their latest attorney and briefed another one, Viren Naidoo, to bring an application for regional magistrate, Chris van Vuuren to recuse himself from the case.

They stated that they had observed “prejudice” on Van Vuuren’s part.

The couple were convicted of fraud for presenting fake documents to an attorney in a bid to take transfer of the house they were renting at the time from Rowena Padayachee.

Padayachee testified that she had never signed a deed of sale or considered selling the house she inherited from her mother.

Since their conviction the couple have hired and fired a number of legal representatives and have been accused by state prosecutor Martin Mtambo of abusing the justice system and their constitutional rights in order to delay sentencing.

Mtambo submitted yesterday that the latest application by the accused is also “frivolous”.

Van Vuuren said it is “with regret”, because of the delay caused, that he decided he ought to grant the accused another adjournment to November 28 in order to argue the recusal application.

Padayachee told The Witness she is becoming increasingly stressed as the accused continue to live in her home pending finalisation of the case.

She said there was a civil trial for their eviction in the high court, which is also tying up her property.

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