Former cop testifies in murder trial

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

A former Mountain Rise police officer told the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday it would be dangerous for him to identify senior officers who committed crimes.

Sugen Naidoo, a State witness, made 47 statements of allegations against Pietermaritzburg businessman Rajivee Soni who is charged with the murder of a former friend, Dr Bhavish Sewram. Naidoo has admitted being an alcoholic, drug addict and corrupt while he was a serving officer. He would get paid off for agreeing to testify in court against people.

Sewram was shot dead as he left his surgery in May 2013, allegedly at the behest of Soni. Soni allegedly orchestrated the murder, believing Sewram was having an affair with his wife. Soni’s alleged campaign to harass and denigrate Sewram failed to drive him out of Pietermaritzburg. Soni’s lawyer Narend Sangham said when Naidoo committed crimes and circumstances became “too hot” for him, he turned State witness.

The trial continues.

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