Lotto-winning cop charged with theft

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Pietermaritzburg - A former policeman, who won R10 million on the lotto in 2009, appeared in the Pietermaritzburg district court on Tuesday charged with theft of R250.

Dayalin Maslamoney, 39, is charged alongside his co-accused, Zaheer Khan, with theft under false pretences relating to an incident in Boom Street on Sunday night in which a man was robbed of R250.

It is alleged that Maslamoney and Khan knocked on the door of Yusuf Billy, pretending to be police officers, and that Maslamoney then produced a name badge with the SAPS insignia on it.

The two men questioned Billy about an alleged “suspect”, and when Billy said he did not know anything, the two men allegedly demanded cash from him.

Meanwhile, one of Billy’s friends who was in the house at the time called the police.

When Maslamoney and Khan fled, they were nabbed by police within metres of the house. The case has been adjourned to February 11 for the two to secure legal representation.


Maslamoney hit the headlines in 2009 when his then wife Reena took him to court in an attempt to stop him from accessing his lotto windfall. Reena, who bought her husband the winning R50 “quick pick” ticket on April 18, 2009, claimed in court papers that Maslamoney had squandered over R500 000 of the R10m.

The couple married in community of property.

She claimed that her husband had paid R100 000 for a vehicle, put down an R80 000 deposit on a property in Pietermaritzburg and paid her debts to the tune of about R36 000. The rest he spent on having parties and liquor and drugs for his friends.


At the time, Reena said that she intended to divorce her husband and was entitled to 50 percent of the winnings.

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