Lux­ury car ‘set alight in spat’

So­cialite sus­pected of hav­ing set ri­val’s su­per­car ablaze in up­mar­ket res­i­den­tial garage

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS - NABEELAH SHAIKH

ACHARRED Lam­borgh­ini – al­legedly set alight at the up­mar­ket Pearls of umh­langa res­i­den­tial park­ing lot – wa be­lieved to be linked to an on­go­ing feud be­tween two so­cialites over a lo­cal su­per­model.

The R2 mil­lion Lam­borgh­ini Gal­lardo be­long­ing to busi­ness­man Priven Reddy of Kag­iso In­ter­ac­tive Me­dia, 35, who lived at the flats, was a talk­ing point af­ter he shared im­ages of the charred su­per­car on his Face­book page. Reddy in­sin­u­ated that his ve­hi­cle had been burnt by the so­cialite known to him and the su­per­model.

In a so­cial me­dia post, he said: “Thank­fully, though you set my car alight, I don’t have to ask my mom to buy me a new one.”

The posts were later re­moved but Reddy con­firmed the incident to the Sun­day Tri­bune. He said he was pur­su­ing le­gal ac­tion.

Aside from a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he has ap­pointed a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor to han­dle the mat­ter.

Reddy, who is a su­per­car en­thu­si­ast, said he owned a num­ber of su­per­cars and re­plac­ing the Lam­borgh­ini didn’t mat­ter. He said he did not have to rely on his par­ents to buy him a new car.

He said he was “self-made” and, if there was an in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­ble for the act, they had en­dan­gered the lives of peo­ple who lived in the build­ing.

“Two of my cars were parked next to each other and if the car had ex­ploded, it’s scary to think of what the con­se­quences could have been.

“This is just a case of jeal­ousy. Had we not got to the scene on time, the sit­u­a­tion could have been a lot worse be­cause there was a line of cars next to mine.”

Reddy said he ex­tin­guished the blaze him­self with the help of a se­cu­rity guard be­fore the fire de­part­ment ar­rived on the scene.

He was con­fi­dent it was a case of ar­son and was also up­set by the se­cu­rity mea­sures in place at The Pearls.

Reddy’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Nar­isha Han­sraj, said the es­tab­lish­ment did not have footage of the res­i­den­tial park­ing lot avail­able be­cause there were no cam­eras in that area.

This raised ques­tions about its se­cu­rity mea­sures.

When ques­tioned about the incident, gen­eral man­ager of The Pearls body cor­po­rate, Leigh-ann Holling­ton, said the footage was avail­able.

“The Pearls of umh­langa prides it­self on the high­est stan­dards of se­cu­rity, and re­cently up­graded its sys­tems to in­clude bio­met­ric ac­cess con­trol. It is our pri­or­ity to en­sure that all res­i­dents are safe and se­cure.

“As part of the se­cu­rity mea­sures in place, all ac­cess points into all the build­ings in the Pearls com­plex are mon­i­tored by CCTV cam­eras. We have made the footage avail­able to Mr Reddy to view. How­ever, he has not availed him­self yet. We are as­sist­ing in the process of the foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion and look for­ward to a speedy con­clu­sion.”

She did not re­spond to the ques­tion of whether the res­i­den­tial park­ing lot had CCTV cam­eras or not.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala said a case of ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated and that no ar­rests had been made.

A pic­ture of the charred Lam­borgh­ini at the Pearls of umh­langa res­i­den­tial park­ing lot af­ter the fire was ex­tin­guished.

Pic­ture of Reddy posted on his in­sta­gram page.

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