Court hears of pistol evidence in doctor murder

2015-08-24 20:10
Bhavish Sewram (The Witness)

Bhavish Sewram (The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A bullet recovered from Dr Bhavish Sewram's body was fired from a pistol allegedly found in the possession of one of the men accused of killing him, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg heard on Monday.

State advocate Johan du Toit told Judge Anton van Zijl that this was some of the evidence that would be presented in the trial of Mfaniseni Nxumalo, 34 and co-accused Brian Treasurer, 53.

The pistol had allegedly been found in Nxumalo's possession.

Sewram, from Pietermaritzburg, was murdered near his surgery in 2013.

Du Toit said there was additional evidence that three spent cartridge cases found at the scene of the murder had also been fired from the same pistol.

The two men have pleaded not guilty to the murder and unlawful possession of a semi-automatic firearm.

Du Toit went on to say that evidence would also be presented that Treasurer allegedly drove a hitman close to the murder scene and provided him with the pistol.

The indictment alleges that businessman Rajivee Soni had decided to have Sewram killed and approached Treasurer who agreed to further Soni's plans.

In the uncompleted murder trial of Soni which continues later this year, there was testimony that Soni had made attempts to have Sewram killed, as he believed that Sewram had an affair with his wife.

The present indictment alleges that Treasurer enlisted Nxumalo to find a hitman to kill Sewram. They persuaded alleged hitman Sabelo Advocate Dlamini to do so.

In the early evening of May 13, 2013, Treasurer and Nxumalo allegedly drove Dlamini close to Sewram's surgery.

Du Toit said there would be evidence that Dlamini was watched as he walked to the surgery and fired three shots, fatally hitting Sewram.

Du Toit said Treasurer drove Nxumalo and Dlamini to a building. Treasurer allegedly left them before returning about 15 minutes later to hand Dlamini R12 000.

Dlamini's case was separated from the others after he pleaded guilty and was convicted last year.

The case continues tomorrow.

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