Accused deputy principal’s harassment case set down for May

2016-04-06 12:30
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Pietermaritzburg - The case of Union Park Primary School deputy principal Nesim-Ul-Ganie Essa (54), charged with harassment by his former therapist, has been set down for trial on May 9.

Essa appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday where his bail conditions were also amended following the case going to trial.

Initially, his bail conditions stipulated that Essa could not enter the city centre unless it was to attend court proceedings.

Yesterday his bail conditions were amended so that Essa could attend psychologist consultations at Midlands Medical Centre and visit his lawyer, Anand Pillay’s, office for consultations in preparation for the trial.

Essa, of Orient Heights, is facing a criminal charge of violating a protection from harassment order obtained by his alleged victim.

In his previous court appearances, the court was told that Essa was a former “patient” at the facility where the woman works.

The name of the alleged victim was not revealed on the charge sheet, and The Witness was requested not to publish her name as this could compromise her professionally.

She said his initial harassment escalated to “stalking” her at work and at home.

The woman alleged that he had already twice violated a protection from harassment order she obtained in June last year, and ignored repeated warnings from herself, her colleagues and police to keep away from her.

She said Essa, whom she knows as “Ganie”, attended her clinic as a group therapy patient and said he had been harassing her since March 17 last year.

In an affidavit prepared by Essa’s attorney, Essa stated that he had been abusing alcohol for a period of time by “binge drinking”.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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