Accused waited for cops

2015-09-11 08:30
Parmanand and Nalini Sewram.

Parmanand and Nalini Sewram. (Ian Carbutt)

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WHEN ex-policeman Brian Treasurer heard about the arrest of his co-accused Mfaniseni Nxumalo, he waited for the police to arrest him instead of going to them with what he knew about the 2013 murder of Dr Bhavish Sewram.

He said this on his final day on the witness stand yesterday.

The case has now been adjourned to Monday for legal arguments ahead of the judgment.

“I knew I was going to be arrested … I went home and prepared to be arrested. I sorted out my vehicle and my money, and talked to my girlfriend … The police were going to come for me so I waited for them,” said Treasurer.

He was responding to a suggestion from state advocate Johan du Toit that if he was innocent, he would have gone to the police immediately when he realised Nxumalo and Sabelo Dlamini’s involvement in the murder the night he drove them to Raisethorpe.

“If I went to them [the police], there would have been a hundred questions,” he said.

“I was brazen enough and man enough to wait for them to come to me,” said Treasurer, shaking his head.

He said he had heard about Sewram’s murder on the radio, but paid no attention until Nxumalo was arrested and he realised what he and Dlamini had done.

Nxumalo’s wife told him her husband was arrested for “killing an Indian gentleman in Greytown Road”.

“His [Nxumalo’s] missus told me that I was next … That’s when I took my money to Govender. I realised I was going to be arrested,” said Treasurer.

Treasurer’s “fishing buddy”, Yogendren Govender, testified earlier that Treasurer came to him with a “packet of money” totalling R72 000 in about June 2013, told him he had a “problem with the law” and asked him to keep it in his safe.

This he did until Treasurer told him to hand it to his sister following his arrest.

Treasurer testified that he receives a pension of R7 000 since being medically boarded by the SAPS in around 2000.

He also earned money driving trucks, had “gambled a bit and played the horses”.

Treasurer said he had had the R72 000 available in “ready cash”, but he also had a bank account.

He said this when Du Toit probed him about how much money he had after paying his bail of R50 000 and allegedly helping Nxumalo and his family to the tune of R30 000, as he testified he had.

Treasurer reiterated yesterday that he knew nothing about Sewram’s murder, or of marital problems experienced by businessman Rajivee Soni, who is alleged to have masterminded and bankrolled the doctor’s murder.

“It’s none of my business,” he said, adding that he had known Soni “for about 30 years”.

In 2013 he did business with Soni and bought building material from him for a crèche he was renovating in Copesville.

Treasurer repeated that he had accidentally called Soni’s number from his cellphone after Sewram’s murder. That call, and a previous call made to Soni a few days before the murder, are reflected in cellphone records, which form part of the evidence in court.

Questioned about his spontaneous revelation on Wednesday that the doctor’s killer, Sabelo Dlamini, had tried to extort R50 000 from him to put all the blame for the murder on Nxumalo, Treasurer said this had happened on the “Wednesday or Thursday” before the trial began.

He said Dlamini contacted him on his cellphone from prison.

Although he testified on Wednesday that he had not told his lawyer of the extortion bid, yesterday he said that he had.

“I told my attorney and he didn’t do anything about it, so let’s just leave it at that,” said Treasurer

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