Woman in R100 000 drugs bribe case sent to hospi­tal

Post - - News - CHANELLE LUTCHMAN

A CHATSWORTH woman ac­cused of of­fer­ing a R100 000 bribe to po­lice to re­lease her, her hus­band and an al­leged ac­com­plice af­ter they were ar­rested on drug charges, has been ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal be­cause she is ap­par­ently un­well.

Sarah Naidoo, 39, her hus­band Ash­win Bri­jlall, 42, and an­other man, Sad­ha­si­van Naidoo, also 42, were ar­rested on Fri­day af­ter a raid on a house by mem­bers of the SAPS pro­vin­cial drug task team, the K9 Unit, Crime In­tel­li­gence and the metro po­lice drug task team.

The trio made a brief ap­pear­ance in the Chatsworth Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

The court ruled that Sad­ha­si­van and Bri­jlall be kept at Westville Prison pend­ing a bail ap­pli­ca­tion to­mor­row, while Sarah is be­ing kept at Chatsmed Gar­den Hospi­tal as she is al­legedly suf­fer­ing from a rup­tured liver, rheuma­toid arthri­tis and needs to un­dergo a her­nia op­er­a­tion.

The cou­ple own a truck­ing busi­ness and Sad­ha­si­van is em­ployed as a driver for a hor­ti­cul­tural com­pany.

Their at­tor­ney, Siven Sa­muel, told POST later the cou­ple be­lieve they were be­ing “framed” as they do not own the home in which the drugs were found.

“There were no drugs in their pos­ses­sion. They have lived in the home for years. In Au­gust she (Sarah) was in hospi­tal and her hus­band (Ash­win) was with her all the time.

“They had a lot of peo­ple go­ing in and out of the home; some they knew, some the own­ers would send to feed the dogs and check on the house. She just came out of hospi­tal,” he said.

Sa­muel said po­lice had taken a large amount of caus­tic flakes (a drain cleaner) for anal­y­sis with what­ever drugs were al­legedly found.

The trio are fac­ing charges of deal­ing in drugs while Sarah has also been charged with bribery.

Ac­cord­ing to SAPS spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel Thu­lani Zwane, po­lice had kept one of the ac­cused un­der ob­ser­va­tion for sev­eral months.

He was ar­rested in Bayview on Fri­day.

“Mem­bers found him in pos­ses­sion of co­caine and on fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion the sus­pect was taken to his house in the area where more co­caine, as well as sus­pected pow­der, was found to the street value of more than R500 000.”

Zwane said the two other sus­pects had been ar­rested at the home and one had at­tempted to bribe the mem­bers (po­lice) so they would re­lease the sus­pects.

“She al­legedly paid R100 000 cash to the mem­bers but the mem­bers, who re­fused to get in­volved in any cor­rup­tion, ar­rested her for bribery and cash was seized. She was fur­ther charged for bribery,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice source, drugs had to be or­dered over the phone first be­fore be­ing de­liv­ered to the buyer at a place of their choice.

The fam­ily of the ac­cused, who were in court on Mon­day, de­clined to com­ment.

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