Suspect’s no-show ‘suspicious’

2014-08-26 00:00

EX-POLICEMAN Brian Treasurer failed to appear in court yesterday for the murder of medical doctor, Bhavish Sewram, allegedly because he was ill in hospital.

Judge Fikile Mokgohloa authorised a warrant for Treasurer’s arrest yesterday at the request of state advocate, Sandesh Sankar, after inquiries failed to ascertain full details of Treasurer’s alleged illness.

However, the judge temporarily stayed the execution of the warrant of arrest until today. This is pending a report by a specialist who was due to examine Treasurer yesterday afternoon, according to his attorney, Morgan Pillay.

Sankar said the “sketchy” document produced by the defence indicating that Treasurer was admitted to Midlands Medical Centre at 8.23 am yesterday was unsatisfactory and the timing of his illness “very suspicious”.

In another twist in the murder trial, Treasurer’s co-accused, and the alleged mastermind behind the doctor’s murder — Rajivee Soni — wants the high court to vary his bail conditions by returning his passport to him for a “limited period”.

This is to allow him to take a trip to India with his family at the end of the year.

Judge Anton van Zyl told Soni’s attorney, Naren Sangham, to bring a formal application, but no date was set.

Soni is currently on bail of R100 000 and his passport is being held by the police.

Sangham said Soni would like his passport back for a temporary period so he can travel to India to attend a cultural prayer with his family between December 15 and January 5.

Sangham said Soni is not a flight risk and has adhered to all his bail conditions to date.

Soni will stand trial for Sewram’s murder from March 2 to 27 next year, after the state decided to separate his trial from his co-accused.

The prosecution alleges that Soni masterminded Sewram’s murder because he suspected him of having an affair with his (Soni’s) wife, Kerusha.

The doctor was gunned down in his car as he was leaving his surgery the night of May 13 last year.

The self-confessed gunman, Sabelo Dlamini, pleaded guilty earlier this year to carrying out the murder.

In his plea to court, Dlamini said he had been paid R12 000 after the killing.

Treasurer and Mfaniseni Nxumalo allegedly acted as “go betweens” .

Dlamini is serving a 25-year jail term for the role he played.

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