Man accused of killing dad to apply for bail


THE man accused of killing 40-year-old Crossmoor father Nichalen “Donald” Naidoo was due to appear in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for a formal bail applicatio­n.

Naidoo died after allegedly being beaten, knocked and then dragged under a car for about 200 metres.

The incident is alleged to have happened at the end of the last month after Naidoo approached a group of partygoers asking them to tone down their noise. Kevin Poonam, 31, was subsequent­ly arrested by members of Chatsworth’s SAPS Serious and Violent Crimes unit.

He appeared at the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court on May 6.

Naidoo’s family and friends staged a protest outside the court during Poonam’s first appearance, displaying placards with the words, “Justice for Donald” and “No bail.”

His family also wore T-shirts displaying Naidoo’s picture.

Naidoo’s nephew, and family spokespers­on, Yashen Jeewanraj, said they did not feel any relief after the case.

“There isn’t much relief as we are far from justice.

“We are upset as there is a possibilit­y that the accused may get bail.

“It is sad that the accused might be free on the street after killing a father of three. No mercy should be shown to such people who commit heartless acts,” he said.

Captain Nqobile Gwala, KZN provincial police spokespers­on, said: “Members of Chatsworth SAPS arrested a 31-yearold suspect for murder. He appeared at the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court on May 6. The case was adjourned to May 12.”

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