Trial delayed, murdered doctor’s kin demand closure

2015-02-18 00:00

THE father of murdered Pietermaritzburg doctor Bhavish Sewram yesterday expressed disappointment when the trial of two of the alleged killers was delayed once again until August this year.

“The family would like to get ­closure,” Parmanand Sewram said after the hearing.

The trial of ex-policeman Brian ­Treasurer and alleged “go-between” in arranging the murder Mfaniseni Nxumalo has been delayed for various reasons since their arrest in July, 2013.

When the two men were due to stand trial last August, the case failed to start because Treasurer was admitted to ­hospital with chest pains. He subsequently changed his attorney.

The latest postponement was due to a judge’s ruling yesterday that it’s in the best interests of justice that the case starts and finishes without interruption, and it could not be completed in the allocated time.

The trial was originally set down over 10 days this month, but the first day was wasted when Nxumalo failed to arrive from prison.

Nxumalo’s advocate Di Franklin said yesterday she was told by Nxumalo that the prison authorities were at fault as his name wasn’t listed among the ­prisoners to be brought to court on Monday.

State advocate Corne Radyn told presiding judge Anton van Zyl that after lawyers had explained what evidence was going to be led in the case to senior Judge Gregory Kruger, he’d ruled the matter should not proceed this session.

It was then agreed that the case would run from August 24 to ­September 18.

Franklin said Nxumalo, who has been in custody since his arrest in July, 2013, was unhappy about the postponement and has “raised the issue of bail”.

However, Judge van Zyl said he was not in a position to hear a bail ­application.

Treasurer’s bail (R50 000) was ­extended.

The men are among four implicated in the assassination of the doctor who was gunned down as he left his surgery on the night of May 13, 2013.

One man, Sabelo Dlamini (29) of Mason’s Informal Settlement, is ­already serving a 25-year jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to pulling the trigger and killing the doctor in return for payment of R12 000.

The alleged mastermind behind the murder, businessman Rajivee Soni is due to go on trial separately from March 2 to 27 this year.

The state alleges that he orchestrated the killing because he suspected ­Sewram of having an affair with his wife Kerusha.

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