Twist to ex-lovers' saga

By Group writers

The legal spat between a Chatsworth businessman and his daughter's ex-boyfriend, a Durban doctor, took another turn in the Durban High Court, this week.

Judge Fikile Mokgohloa on Monday granted an interim order against Deochand Devipersad, a cartage contractor of Peach-tree Close, Umhlatuzana

In terms of the order, Devipersad was interdicted from attempting to harass, assault, and verbally abuse Dr Sunil Bissoon, of Hillmed Centre, Stella Road, Hillary.

Devipersad, was also interdicted from defaming Bissoon, publishing any material of a defamatory nature and damaging the doctor's property or inciting any third party from doing same.

Judge Mokgohloa granted the order after the court heard arguments by advocate Rithy Singh, instructed by attorney Vinesh Badri, acting for Bissoon, and advocate Mickey Naidoo, instructed by attorney Victor Gounden, acting for Devipersad.

Bissoon, whose relationship with Devipersad's daughter, Selona ended on July 14, 2008, initiated the application against Devipersad in April this year.

In that application the doctor claimed that Devipersad physically and verbally abused him and swore at him after their vehicles collided in Chatsworth on December 16, 2008. Bissoon claimed that his vehicle's rear was damaged.

In opposing papers filed on Thursday, Devipersad alleged that:

In spite of Selona's interim order against him, the doctor had harassed him and his family via numerous SMSes.

Graffiti had been painted on walls and bridges in Chats-worth. He claimed that the graffiti was done by Bissoon or person or persons at Bissoon's instance.

It appeared from a statement by Vodacom investigator Francois Groenewald that the doctor had inserted prepaid sim cards on his contract cellphone to hide his number.

He and his family had received multimedia pictures on their cellphones.

The doctor's attorney on June 15 had handed over a DVD. (It was not clear from the court papers to whom the DVD was handed).

Selona had informed him (Devipersad), that the DVD contained intimate images of her and Bissoon.

On March 3 this year, he (Devipersad), his attorney, Bissoon, and his attorney, attended a meeting at the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court. Also present were Senior Public Prosecutors, Mark Dyson, and Sureka Maharaj, and a Captain Naidoo of the Bayview police station.

There the doctor stated that he had no problem with him (Devipersad).

On July 14, 2008, Bissoon spun his wheels, near Devipersad's residence.

Last month Selona testified in the Durban High Court that her former boyfriend, had spun his wheels again, on June 18 this year. That was done to annoy them.

On December 16 last year, he (Devipersad) and Bissoon were involved in an accident in Chatsworth. Bissoon applied his brakes and was allegedly negligent.

At the scene of the accident, Bissoon allegedly lunged at him with a knife.

Two Metro Police officers allegedly confiscated the knife.

Bissoon subsequently pointed a finger in his face and said 'Watch what you say to me. I don't carry a knife'.

Devipersad claimed that out of sheer anger and provocation, he kicked the driver's side of Bissoon's vehicle.

He (Devipersad) then threw his (Devipersad's) car keys at Bissoon. The keys hit Bisoon's windscreen.

Devipersad claimed that he found it strange that Bissoon had alleged in his founding papers that in a burglary at his home, only the CCTV recorder was stolen. He said Bissoon had claimed that unknown persons were in possession of the CCTV footage.

The doctor had lodged various complaints against him (Devipersad), his wife, and Selona, at the Bayview, Bellair, Hillcrest, and Central Durban police stations.

The State had declined to prosecute him, Shobna, and Selona, on the various allegations.

The application launched by Bissoon was allegedly frivolous, vexatious, and malicious, and ought to be dismissed.

Bissoon has to file his replying papers by July 27.

The matter was adjourned to July 30.


ON July 24 last year, Selona obtained an interim restraining order in the Durban High Court against Bissoon.

In terms of that order, Bissoon was restrained from communicating with Selona, entering her residence, preventing Selona, her father, her sister, Bhavna, and her mother, Shobna, from exercising their right to peaceful occupation of their residence, and publishing, disseminating, or broadcasting any material concerning Selona. Oral evidence was part-heard last month. The matter was adjourned to a date to be confirmed.