Who Exactly Was Nithia? The Story From Phoenix 1998

“Only gangsters wear earrings,” alleged gang leader Nithia Chinnasamy is said to have told a kidnap victim, before removing the jewellery from his ear and throwing it into an open fire, the Durban High Court heard on Thursday in 1999.

Chinnasamy (30) and 10 other men, all alleged members of the Phoenix-based “Nithia’s Gang”, faced four counts of kidnapping, murder, attempted murder and robbery. One of the men also kidnapped and killed Sagendran Arran. They pleaded not guilty to all the charges during the trial.

State witness Gabriel David, who was also allegedly kidnapped by the men, told the court he was forced into a car and delivered to Chinnasamy, who was at a place called “Nithia’s Den”.

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David said Chinnasamy interrogated him about the whereabouts of his friend, Arran – but David said he did not know.

He told the court he had referred to the alleged gang leader as “Uncle Nithia” and that Chinnasamy was generally good to him, except when his earring was pulled out of his ear and thrown into the fire.  David said after he was interrogated, Chinnasamy instructed his friends to drop him off at home. While driving towards his home, the men spotted Arran and drove at high speed towards him.

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Arran, who had a gun, was ordered to drop it and the men assaulted him. David said one of the men waved a gun at him and swore. He then ran away. David said his friend Arran cried out for his mother.

Asked by defence counsel Fanie Slabbert why he did not go to his friend’s mother and tell her what was happening, David said he was too frightened to do anything. Arran’s battered body was found several hours later on an open school field.

Deepchund and Arran were beaten with pickaxe handles, baseball bats, a fire hose and other implements, but survived to tell the tale and aid the state’s prosecution of the men.

SENTENCING OF NITHIA

The Phoenix gang boss Nithia Chinnasamy was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 10 years for murder, attempted murder and kidnapping by Judge Alan Magid in 2000.

Judge Alan Magid imposed lesser sentences on three other men, also alleged to be gang members.

Chinnasamy, Rashid Shaik, Renesh Singh, Gerald “Mole” Govender and Somagan “Stars” Govender were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Sagendran “Claude” Arran on June 14 1998.

Talk at the court had always been that “Nithia’s gang” was on trial, but Judge Magid, in his judgment stated it had not been proved the gang existed.

He said it had been proved Chinnasamy was regarded with respect and had authority over the other nine men with whom he stood on trial and had orchestrated the “brutal, vicious and concerted” attacks on Arran and Hansraj “Don” Deepchund.

Shane Naidoo was sentenced to seven years for the murder. Judge Magid said he was the only man who had shown any remorse for his participation in the attacks.

Deepchund and Arran were beaten with pickaxe handles, baseball bats, a fire hose and other implements, but survived to tell the tale and aid the state’s prosecution of the men.

Source Inputs: Ismail Suder, Citizen, Facebook

 


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