Ex-cop to appeal life sentence for killing doctor

2015-10-08 10:06
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Pietermaritzburg - Former policeman Brian Treasurer, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Dr Bhavish Sewram, is pursuing an application for leave to appeal.

This was said on Wednesday by attorney Naren Sangham, representing businessman Rajivee Soni, who is charged with masterminding the doctor’s murder. Sewram was gunned down outside his surgery on the night of May 13, 2013.

Sangham told Judge Jacqueline Henriques and assessor Gerhard Barnard that a colleague in his law firm, Terrence Chetty, had been instructed by Treasurer to represent him in an application for leave to appeal against his conviction and sentence. Sangham said he had established that there is “no conflict of interest between Brian Treasurer and the accused (Soni)” before his firm accepted the instruction.

He said advocate Shane Matthews was being briefed to pursue the application on Treasurer’s behalf.

It is understood that this means that Treasurer will petition the Chief Justice for leave to appeal to either the Supreme Court of Appeals or a full bench of the KZN High Court.

This is the next option since Judge Anton van Zyl has already turned down an initial application by both Treasurer and his co-accused Mfaniseni Nxumalo for leave to appeal against their convictions and sentences when the case was finalised last month.

The Soni trial meanwhile adjourned early on Wednesday for Judge Henriques to consider whether or not to exclude evidence relating to a cellphone call allegedly made by Treasurer “to an unknown person” shortly after Sewram’s murder.

Sangham has objected to the evidence about the alleged call being led in court. The allegation was made by the hitman who admittedly shot Sewram, Sabelo Dlamini.

Dlamini is currently testifying for the state against Soni.

The judge will hand down her decision on whether or not to allow the evidence when the case resumes on Thursday.

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