Ex-wife protected from Soni


Convicted killer Rajivee Soni, who is out on bail, has been prevented from causing any harm to his ex-wife, Kerusha Soni.

She recently obtained an interim protection order against him from the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

The businessman was granted R400 000 bail by the Supreme Court of Appeal in March. This is until his appeal against his conviction and sentence is heard by that court.

According to the interim protection order obtained by his ex-wife, he has been warned to stop his “aggressive violent behaviour”, aggressive hooting and barred from opening false charges, for which he has been convicted for.

He has also been interdicted from committing murder and/or assault.

Soni is barred from assaulting or threatening to assault Kerusha or her parents. He has also been ordered not to swear at or insult her or her parents, and is not allowed to intimidate them.

He has also been forbidden from entering her home or workplace. The order also prevents him from watching or following her.

Soni has to go to court on October 7 if he wishes to give reasons why the interim protection order should not be confirmed and made final.

The order does not specify what he actually did to cause Kerusha to turn to the court for protection.

In convicting Soni, the Pietermaritzburg high court found that he had local doctor Bhavish Sewram killed in May 2013 outside his surgery.

Soni was sentenced to an effective 30 years’ imprisonment in October 2018. He was convicted of the murder of his former best friend, Sewram.

Soni had Sewram killed because he believed that the doctor was having an affair with his wife.

He got Brian Treasurer to assist with the murder, who in turn obtained the services of Sabelo Dlamini and Mfaniseni Nxumalo.

Soni was also found guilty on five other charges — three of defeating the ends of justice, conspiracy to commit murder and assault.

One of the defeating the ends of justice charges has to do with Soni laying a false charge of assault against the doctor. The other two relate to him getting two women to lay false sexual assault charges against the doctor.

The assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm conviction has to do with Soni getting two policemen to use paintball guns to shoot the doctor.

Although he began serving his jail time on the day he was sentenced, The Witness has reported that he did not spend much time in a cell.

He had either been in the prison hospital or at the Eden Gardens Private Hospital. In April last year there were allegations he was living a privileged life in prison.

It was alleged that he had access to a smartphone, which he used to video call his children, ate food from Woolworths every day and had regular contact meetings with his children in an office and not the prison visitation rooms.

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