Assault: Bail for accused Khan

2015-09-03 09:45


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LOCAL fireman Zaheer Khan (32), who was arrested last week in connection with an alleged assault on his girlfriend, was yesterday granted bail of R500 and his case postponed to September 29.

His lawyer, Andre Chetty, said Khan was given bail after the prosecution withdrew its opposition to his release. All the charges Khan faces will also now be combined and dealt with on one charge sheet.

Khan faces two counts of assaulting his girlfriend, Reshmi Parsadh, one of theft of her cellphone, and two charges of malicious injury to property arising from incidents when he allegedly damaged her clothing and a vehicle.

The incidents allegedly occurred on August 20 and 25 at Ridge Road and Jabu Ndlovu Street respectively.

One of the assault charges alleges that Khan pushed, grabbed and shook Parsadh, and the other that he threatened to “kill him (sic) and smash windows with a baseball bat”.

Khan’s bail conditions include that he will live at an alternative address at Copesville and that he would not interfere with Parsadh.

Although bail was not opposed yesterday, the defence handed in an affidavit prepared by Khan in support of his bail application, as well as copies of “posts” that appeared on Facebook this week. Some of the posts were attributed to Khan, even though he was in custody from August 26 and did not have his cellphone or any other electronic devices in his possession, said Chetty.

In the affidavit, Khan said he denies committing any offence and intends pleading not guilty to the charges against him.

“During my arrest … all my electronic devices were removed from my possession and during my incarceration I had no access to any electronic devices.”

He said on August 28 he had been unable to use his Facebook account and “cannot comment” on the posts that appeared on it.

One post attributed to Khan on ­Facebook states; “I beat my wife”.

Another reads: “I smashed my wife’s bmw windscreen at her clinic in broad daylight and her staff called cops plus I broke her nose and bashed her to her limit for over a year so I deserve this. Every time she left me I tried to kill myself to make her come back this time she won’t drop charges and I will plead guilty (sic).”

Khan is a potential witness in the pending trial of Pietermaritzburg businessman Rajivee Soni, who is charged with masterminding the murder of local doctor Bhavish Sewram in 2013

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