‘Other woman’ must pay up

2009-08-21 00:00

HER love affair spanning seven years with a married man will cost a former Pietermaritzburg woman, Kamini Greadie, R75 000 plus the legal costs she and her former lover’s ex-wife, Kamintha Gounder, have incurred.

Greadie was not present when judgment was handed down in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday. Gounder, clearly happy with the outcome, told The Witness she preferred not to comment.

Acting Judge Nigel Hollis ruled that Greadie committed adultery with Anand Gounder over a prolonged period, in spite of finding out that he was married by at least April 2002. The judge accepted that she enticed Gounder to leave his wife.

The couple divorced in September 2008.

In October 2006, Judge Jan Hugo ordered Greadie to pay damages of R75 000 to Kamintha Gounder, but the order was rescinded a month later as she was not present to defend herself in court.

Hollis said he was asked by advocate Alistair McIntosh (on behalf of Kamintha Gounder) to increase the award to R100 000 because Greadie admitted to having continued her relationship openly with Anand Gounder until about four months ago.

However, Hollis said he believed any increase in the amount awarded previously “might be considered punitive” and in the circumstances he though R75 000 remains fair.

He said Hugo found that Kamintha Gounder’s rights were seriously infringed by Greadie’s conduct. He found Kamintha Gounder to be an “impressive” witness.

He said it was accepted by all the parties that the affair started in December 2001 and ended only some four months ago, even though from 2005 it had been “on and off”, because Greadie moved away. Greadie is trying to reconcile with her husband and the court accepted she has “realised the error of her ways”.

Hollis said that soon after the lovers returned from a “surreptitious” trip to Cape Town over Easter in 2002, Greadie became aware that Anand Gounder was a married man, but continued the relationship. She gave birth to his child in January 2003.

“The affair was in flagrant disregard of the feelings of [Kamintha Gounder] who at all times was intent on saving her marriage,” he said.

According to Kamintha Gounder, she had a “good marriage” before the affair, and she and her husband had two young boys.

Greadie, who worked as a sales representative selling detergent, met Anand Gounder at a sports bar he owned and became a frequent visitor.

According to Kamintha Gounder, during the affair, Greadie phoned her on several occasions and suggested she leave her husband. She once humiliated her by telling her she’d slept in her bed. Another time, she told Gounder’s two sons they “now have a sister”, referring to her love child.

She testified that she hired a private investigator, followed her husband to Greadie’s workplace and found him hiding in the shower.

In a row with Greadie, Kamintha Gounder sustained scratches to her nose and face.

Hollis said tht “somewhat surprisingly”, Anand Gounder gave evidence in his ex-wife’s favour, but said he was an “unimpressive” witness. He was intent on proving it was Greadie and not he who had “done the chasing”.

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