Lawyer ‘has no case’

2016-02-08 09:00


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Pietermaritzburg - Pietermaritzburg panel beater Bevan Clayton categorically denies any involvement in orchestrating an attack on local attorney Renen Padayachee on January 22.

In an e-mail exchange between Clayton’s attorney and Padayachee (attached to court papers), the panel beater has also threatened to sue the attorney for defamation of character for tarnishing his name.

Clayton’s lawyer, Reial Mahabeer, said in a replying affidavit that was filed in the Pietermarizburg high court that the urgent interim interdict, sought recently by Padayachee against Clayton, was “founded on suspicion” alone and said Clayton will ask for it to be dismissed with costs.

In terms of a court order granted on January 29 by Judge Daya Pillay, both Clayton and Padayachee were each ordered not to harass or communicate with one another directly or through anyone else.

Clayton was also ordered not to “assault or attempt to assault” Padayachee.

This followed allegations by Padayachee that he was confronted by two men at his car on January 22 soon after he had left court that day after bringing an application to sequestrate Clayton.

Clayton owns Hailbusters Paintless Dent Removal.

Padayachee said he had reason to believe that Clayton orchestrated the incident.

One of the attackers allegedly “threw a punch” at Padayachee before fleeing when his colleagues intervened.

Mahabeer says in a replying affidavit filed last week that when he first received the (urgent) application papers via e-mail from Padayachee on January 28, he had contacted Clayton, who was “on his way to Cape Town”.

Clayton told him to oppose the matter.

Mahabeer said he had already on January 23 replied to an e-mail from Padayachee telling him that Clayton denied being “in any way” involved in the attack on him.

He said Padayachee did not disclose this e-mail to the court and this should be viewed “in a dim light”.

Mahabeer stressed the fact that Clayton denies any involvement in the incident and said “apart from suspicion” by Padayachee, there was no evidence linking the panel beater to the incident.

He said Padaychee’s claims are based on inadmissible evidence and when the case is heard an application will be made to strike them out.

Clayton is also vigorously opposing Padayachee’s application for his sequestration, which is still pending.

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