Ex-cop denies charges

2015-09-10 11:00
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MURDER accused Brian Treasurer told the high court yesterday that he had ­“accidentally” called the cellphone number of local businessman Rajivee Soni the night Pietermaritzburg doctor Bhavish Sewram was shot dead.

Treasurer said this could have ­happened while he was releasing his handbrake, turning down the music in his car and also “scolding” the two men he was with for having kept him waiting a long time. Treasurer said he did not know who he had called. He simply cut the call, and it went to voicemail.

When confronted with cellphone records showing a call from his handset to Soni’s at 7.10 pm the night of ­Sewram’s murder, May 13, 2013, he agreed this must have been the call he had made accidentally.

The men with Treasurer in his car at the time were his co-accused, Mfaniseni Nxumalo, and the confessed killer who shot Sewram that night, Sabelo Dlamini.

Treasurer, however, denied knowing anything about the doctor’s murder and said if he had, he “would not have let them in my vehicle”.

He disputed Dlamini’s evidence that he had made a phone call to an unknown person after the shooting, saying the “job was done”.

He also denied that he had handed the gun used to shoot the doctor to Dlamini after cocking it, or that he ever gave a firearm to Nxumalo for any reason.

Treasurer also denied Nxumalo’s ­allegation that he had put the murder weapon into a bag with money he owed him, resulting in the gun being found in Nxumalo’s possession when he was ­arrested by police.

Treasurer told Judge Anton van Zyl that as an ex-policeman, he “would have got rid of the firearm” if he had had any involvement in the murder.

Treasurer said he agreed to drive Dlamini and Nxumalo — both of whom had done work for him in renovating a crèche — to Raisethorpe on the evening in question so that Dlamini could fetch money from his girlfriend.

“I would have taken them anywhere. I was happy … over the moon that the school [crèche] was finished apart from minor finishes,” he said.

However, Treasurer said he became agitated when they took a long time to return to the car while he waited in the parking lot at Fusion Lounge.

He said the men were “running or ­jogging” up a footpath towards him when he saw them. They got into the car “sweaty and dishevelled”.

While en route back to Copesville, Nxumalo had asked Treasurer if, after speaking to his pastor, he could take them to visit a traditional healer at ­Ashdown. He agreed to do so because his “evening was already disturbed”.

The men did not tell him they wanted to be cleansed of the doctor’s murder, he said.

Treasurer denied that he paid Dlamini R12 000 in cash, and said he had given him R1 200 owed to him for work he had done at the crèche.

Replying to advocate Di Franklin (for Nxumalo), Treasurer initially said he knew of no reason why Nxumalo and Dlamini would falsely implicate him in the doctor’s murder.

Later he said he had spent R30 000 trying to help Nxumalo to get bail by paying a lawyer’s fees for him, and on helping his family.

However, Nxumalo was “cross” and said he had not helped him.

This had resulted in Nxumalo’s ­allegations that Treasurer had tried to poison him in prison, he said.

Treasurer further alleged that Dlamini had offered to “put the whole case” on Nxumalo if he paid him R50 000.

“I don’t have that kind of money,” said Treasurer. “Even if I did I wouldn’t have paid. He could come to court and tell a different story and I’d lose R50 000,” he added.

The case is proceeding

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