Still no case after shooting

2016-04-04 10:29
Gary Perumal after the shooting incident.

Gary Perumal after the shooting incident. (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Pietermaritzburg man who was shot and wounded after allegedly requesting a policeman to move his car, which was blocking his driveway, is disturbed that the case has not gone to trial.

Gary Perumal told The Witness that he, his wife and staff were interviewed for the first time by a senior public prosecutor at the magistrate’s court last week, following the shooting on September 13, 2014.

“It has been one-and-a-half years now. It seems that policemen can actually get away with attempted murder,” he said.

According to Perumal, the prosecutor who initially received the docket in the case had declined to prosecute the policeman. However, he said the matter was subsequently referred to the Independent Police Investigations Directorate (IPID), and he believes that the case is now receiving attention due to a “motivational letter” sent by the investigating officer.

Perumal said the gunman is a member of the tactical response team (TRT).

“He is still on duty. I have to see him around and this is a very bad situation,” he said.

Perumal said the officer had never appeared in court in connection with the charge laid against him.

“I spent five days in ICU. It was a through and through shot in my leg.”

Perumal alleges the policeman also assaulted him, hitting him with his firearm and hands, prior to pointing the gun towards him and his wife and then shooting him.

He says the incident was sparked after he arrived at his home, situated in a quiet section of Burger Street (below Leighton), and discovered the policeman’s vehicle stopped at his gate, blocking the entry to his driveway.

“He was busy [sexually] fondling a lady,” he said.

Perumal said he “can’t deny” that he drew a bush knife during the fracas, but said this was to defend himself and his family if necessary.

“I am a people’s person. I am not a violent person,” he said.

“I am still traumatised. I cannot sleep at night. My mind is not right ever since this happened. I am seeing a clinical psychologist and my doctor.”

Perumal has instructed an attorney, Narain Naidoo, to institute a civil law suit against the state for damages suffered as a result of the shooting.

He is now awaiting the decision of the senior public prosecutor in connection with the criminal case, he said.

“I want this man to go on trial. It isn’t right that somebody can just shoot a person and then walk away and nothing happens.”
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