Man in dock for gay sex video threat

Published Mar 15, 2015

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Durban - A panel beater who allegedly extorted more than R300 000 from a gay doctor after they had sex was granted bail this week.

Zaid Alli Hoosain, 29, allegedly repeatedly threatened to upload his romp with the pathologist in January last year on a popular social media network.

Hoosain appeared before acting magistrate Logan Perumal in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and was granted R15 000 bail.

Apart from being charged with extortion,he also allegedly damaged the doctor’s car twice.

They’re believed to have met near Virginia Airport before going to Hoosain’s flat in Morningside.

Hoosain was arrested on February 24 by members of a police task team that specialises in serious, organised and syndicated crime.

The state’s senior advocate Yuri Gangai opposed bail.

Gangai submitted an affidavit from investigating officer, Lieutenant Colonel Dhameshan Maistry, setting out the basis of the case.

Maistry said Hoosain lured the doctor to his flat and recorded them having sex.

Straight afterward, Hoosain chased the doctor out, threatened to use the recording to ruin his career and family life and demanded payment for non-disclosure, said Maistry

Maistry claimed amounts were extorted weekly at some stage.

The affidavit also noted previous convictions of theft and robbery dating to 2004 and 2005 respectively.

Hoosain had pleaded guilty to threatening and extorting money from four people since 2013, using the same methods applied to the doctor.

Hoosain would meet his victims, who were usually financially stable, at the air strip.

He was convicted on those charges last year and given a five-year suspended prison sentence and had to pay a R10 000 fine.

Maistry said bail was opposed in the doctor’s case because the extortion had been so “brazen”, and the doctor was “terrified” by Hoosain’s “violent tendencies” and feared for his safety if bail was granted.

The policeman said Hoosain continued to extort money from the doctor while out on bail for other extortion charges and was not deterred by the conviction. Hoosain was a flight risk and posed a threat to witnesses, said Maistry.

Hoosain was represented by advocate Paul Jorgensen, who was instructed by attorney Amith Luckan.

Jorgenson submitted an affidavit in his bid for Hoosain’s bail.

The document revealed Hoosain intended to plead not guilty to all of the charges and claimed the doctor owed him money.

Hoosain, who works in his family-run panel beating business in Pietermaritzburg, said he had documents that would help prove his innocence.

Hoosain said he had a child from a previous relationship and married in January; so he needed bail to attend to his family and promised not to interfere with anybody in the case.

Jorgensen said his client had always honoured court dates in previous brushes with the law and refuted the state’s claim that Hoosain would re-offend if granted bail.

“The implication that he might interfere with witnesses is like groping in the dark,” Jorgensen said.

The advocate suggested Hoosain be granted bail with conditions.

“If he’s stupid enough to contravene those conditions, he must take what will be coming to him,” said Jorgensen.

In response, Gangai said: “When he stood trial for similar offences, he continued to extort money from victims using violence and force.

“He has demonstrated a propensity to re-offend and it seems likely he will interfere with the complainant.”

Granting bail, the magistrate said the state had not provided “tangible evidence” to support the claim that Hoosain would re-offend.

“The state also hasn’t provided any evidence to show the accused breached court dates in the past,” said Perumal.

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