Neveling stabbed in jail with toothbrush

IOL NM_Dain Neveling0 THE MERCURY Durban businessman, Dain Neveling claims to have an alibi on the day his business partner was shot. The bail application of Dain Neveling is now in its third week. File picture: Gcina Ndwalane

Durban - Financial adviser Dain Neveling, charged with plotting to kill his business partner, was to be admitted to hospital on Thursday afternoon after being attacked and stabbed by inmates at Westville Prison.

Neveling, who has been in custody since November 27, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and other charges in connection with two attacks on Grant Jones last year.

Jones was shot several times in the first incident and in the second incident the police staged his murder to catch the culprits who had been plotting his death.

Neveling appeared in the Durban Regional Court on Thursday for his bail application, which is being opposed by the State.

No black book: Neveling counsel claim

The court heard that he had been attacked by three men and stabbed with a “sharpened toothbrush which had a blade” and he was examined by independent pathologist Steven Naidoo.

The court also heard that while Neveling was not a beneficiary of Jones’s R34 million life insurance policy, he stood to gain a “potential benefit” from the policy. Part of the Discovery Life policy, worth several million rands, had been ceded to Neveling to cover any current or future debt that Jones owed him in the event of his death.

Neveling’s advocate Christo van Schalkwyk stressed that the cession agreement would not have resulted in an “automatic” payment to his client, but he would have had to prove that the debt was owed to him. The court also heard that the cession agreement had been increased from R12 million to R17 million about six days before the first attack on Jones.

Investigating officer Sergeant Deena Govender, who is testifying in the bail application, said Jones denied any knowledge of the cession agreement and said Neveling had been his financial adviser and handled his financial affairs.

Van Schalkwyk handed to the court documents related to the cession agreements which the defence alleges had been signed by Jones.

Businessman murder plot laid bare

Govender said Jones would say he only found out about the cession agreements after he was shot and he had not been “happy about it”.

“He says he does not owe the accused (Neveling) any money.”

Govender said Jones would say he had agreed to Neveling’s being a beneficiary as he (Neveling) had paid the policy premium for two months, at a cost of about R30 000, last year when Jones could not pay it. “He said the policy was going to be cancelled due to non-payment until the accused (Neveling) came to his rescue.”

Van Schalkwyk replied that this version “did not make sense”: “He agreed to make him a beneficiary for millions because he had paid R30 000?”

The bail application is expected to continue next week.

The Mercury

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