Local panel beater in court for extortion


Pietermaritzburg panel beater, Zaid Alli Hoosain, 32, will appear in the Durban Regional Court this Friday on yet another case of extortion.

Hoosain, is currently in Westville Prison serving a seven-year sentence, after he was convicted a week ago for extorting close to R500 000 from a Chatsworth doctor who had a secretive engagement with him in 2014. In that case, he was found guilty of using recordings of their lovemaking sessions to extort money from the doctor by threatening to tell his family about his sexuality and to ruin his career.

The current case in court involves Hoosain facing similar charges where he is alleged to have lured wealthy victims into personal relations with him and then used these intimate relations as a way to draw money from them.

Hoosain has previous convictions and in 2013 pleaded guilty to threatening and extorting money from four people.

Byrone Athman

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