'Her sister made her lie about me'
Alleged abuser denies assault on mother of his child
Michael Padayachee has told the Phoenix Magistrate’s Court that his former lover wanted to implicate him as her merciless attacker — on her sister’s instruction.
His defence is that 21- year-old Tina Mbili, the mother of his 22-month- old daughter, was assaulted and robbed by two men on August 24 but was told by her sister, Ross Harichand, to put the blame on him.
Thirty-year-old Padayachee told the court during his bail application that Harichand disliked him and wanted to keep him from testifying against her in court next week.
Harichand is accused of stabbing Padayachee and his friend in June, on the same day he was arrested for assault, intimidation and crimen injuria when he tried to forcefully take away his daughter from her and allegedly threw the child over a 4-metre gate.
Padayachee claimed that on August 24, he had dropped Mbili off at work at 6am and had not seen her since.
They had been living together for three weeks.
He said Harichand had informed his mother on the phone that Mbili had been assaulted.
“When I went to see Tina in hospital, I didn’t know which hospital she was at so I went to her workplace. A porter by the name of Ernest told me that he had spoken to Tina and that she had told him that two men had assaulted and robbed her,” he said.
Padayachee believes that Mbili changed her story after Harichand arrived at hospital.
“Tina was afraid of her sister that she didn’t even tell her that she was living with me. Her sister dislikes me. Tina is now living with her sister again so she is forced to say whatever her sister tells her,” he added.
Padayachee is accused of “striking with clenched fists, kicking and throttling” Mbili until she lost consciousness at a park in Phoenix, north of Durban.
Mbili had a protection order preventing him from assaulting her. However Padayachee yesterday claimed that she had applied for the order on her sister’s suggestion on the day of the dispute in June.
He also told the court that he had not been on the run for two weeks while a police task team searched for him but was instead in Tongaat waiting for a job offer to materialise.
However, the investigating officer warrant officer Petros Mthembu told the court that Padayachee was a flight risk and that he had searched extensively for him until he was arrested.
“I had gone to his house daily and had gone to all the addresses Tina had given to us and we still could not find him. He was on the run,” he said.
A separate assault was also added to the charge sheet relating to an incident in January when Padayachee allegedly grabbed Gordon Moodley, threw him down a staircase and hit him with a brick at a Phoenix sports bar.
Padayachee pleaded not guilty to charge stating that he did not know Moodley.
The hearing was adjourned to tomorrow.