‘Soni made Treasurer an offer he couldn’t refuse to shoot Sewram’

2015-03-10 00:00

MURDER accused Rajivee Soni (37) told a state witness that he had offered ex-policeman Brian Treasurer R80 000 to “shoot” Dr Bhavish ­Sewram, the high court heard yesterday.

The offer later went up to R150 000.

Soni has pleaded not guilty before Judge Jacqueline Henriques and assessor Gerhard Barnard to Sewram’s murder and five other counts arising from an alleged campaign to make the late doctor’s life a “living hell”.

The state alleges Soni was motivated by revenge because he suspected the doctor of having an affair with his wife during 2012.

Sewram was gunned down as he left his surgery in Chota Motala Road on the night of May 13, 2013.

Ex-Mountain Rise policeman and self-confessed drug addict Sugen Naidoo yesterday told the court that on one occasion, “around mid-2012”, he recalled Soni asking him what his feelings were about Treasurer.

“I gave the accused [Soni] a brief run-down on Treasurer. I told him that he was a person who was notorious for criminal activities. The accused informed me that he had approached Brian Treasurer to shoot the deceased [Sewram]. He told me that for Treasurer to do this he gave him an offer of R80 000” he said.

Naidoo said Soni asked if he [Naidoo] would assist Treasurer, who needed someone to drive him away from the doctor’s surgery after the shooting.

“I refused to do this. I said that for R80 000 Brian Treasurer should make his own plans,” ­Naidoo said.

He said Soni was “not happy” with him, and did not contact him the following week.

Soni later told Naidoo that Treasurer had ­attempted to kill Sewram at his Greytown Road surgery, but could not finish the task as the doctor had hired security.

“The accused was angry … He said he could not believe that Brian Treasurer was afraid of a few security guards,” said Naidoo.

“The accused then stated that he has made ­Brian Treasurer an offer he could not refuse. An offer of R150 000 to shoot the doctor … and the only condition was that Brian Treasurer had to inform the accused [Soni] when the attack was going to take place, so he could find a suitable alibi,” said Naidoo.

He said he had called Soni on his cellphone when he heard of Sewram’s murder. Soni had been ­praying at the time.

“He said God is good and his prayer is ­answered.”

Naidoo’s cross-examination is expected to start today.

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