R10 million winning and 4 years on a robber

Pietermaritzburg – Just four-and-a-half years after
winning a R10m Lotto payout, a former police officer
has landed in hot water for allegedly committing a
house robbery.
Dayalin Maslamoney, 39, who left the police force
after his unexpected windfall in June 2009, was
arrested on Sunday along another man.
They are alleged to have posed as bogus policemen
and robbed Yusuf Billy, 20, and two friends of R250
at a house in Boom Street in Pietermaritzburg.
‘Down and out’
A former multi-millionaire, Maslamoney is
apparently “down and out on his luck” and
unemployed, reportedly having spent his fortune on
cars, a house and living it up with his friends.
The Witness on Tuesday made contact with
Maslamoney’s ex-wife, who was unaware of his
arrest.
“We have been divorced for three years now and I
have nothing to do with him. All this caused me a
lot of depression and I don’t want to say anything at
all about him,” she said.
She asked The Witness to respect her privacy and to
refrain from using her name to avoid further trauma
to her family, saying she had “moved on”.
Shortly after he won R10 498 000 on a R50 “quick
pick” Lotto ticket in June 2009, Maslamoney’s wife
instituted a high court action interdicting him and
Absa Bank from in any way touching his winnings
pending the outcome of the divorce action she
intended to launch at that time.
The couple subsequently reconciled for a time, but
this did not work out.
Squandered
In her high court application in 2009, Maslamoney’s
wife told the court her husband had squandered
nearly R500 000 of his lotto winnings in just one
month and she was afraid if the court didn’t
intervene to stop him, he would carry on spending
it.
Because they were married in community of
property, she was entitled to half the money if they
did divorce.
According to her affidavit, Maslamoney paid R100
000 for a car, put down an R80 000 deposit on a
property and paid debts totalling around R36 000.
The rest of the R500 000 he spent on parties, liquor
and drugs for his friends.
His wife said she bought the winning ticket for him
at a petrol station on 18 April 2009.
The next day her husband told her that he had won
but didn’t disclose how much. She went with him to
the Lotto offices in Durban on 20 April, where he was
told he had “shared” the jackpot with another
person.
Officials helped Maslamoney to open a bank account
and deposit his R10 498 000 share into it.
Court appearance
On Tuesday, Maslamoney and his co-accused, Zaheer
Khan, 32, made a fleeting appearance before
Pietermaritzburg magistrate Celemusa Zungu.
So far the charge sheet reflects only one charge of
“theft by false pretences” against the two accused,
but prosecutor Sharleen Haggard said the State
intended to add a charge of impersonating a police
officer.
She also said police have information about the
possible involvement of the accused in “other
matters”.
The case was postponed to 11 February for further
investigation, with both men remanded in custody.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Thulani
Zwane said the two accused were arrested on Sunday
night as they fled from the house where the robbery
allegedly occurred.
According to Zwane, it is alleged that Yusuf Billy
heard a knock at the door of his house at about
19:40 and opened it.
Two men, in civilian clothes, allegedly forced their
way inside.
“One of the men produced a name badge bearing
the police insignia and told the occupants they are
policemen.
“The men then questioned Billy and his friends about
a person, and when they told the men that they knew
nothing, the alleged ‘policemen’ then demanded
cash from the victims,” said Zwane.
He said police were tipped off about the robbery by
one of the occupants of the house, and the suspects
were arrested as they were fleeing from the house.
Cash and the name badge were allegedly found in
their possession.

Source: m.news24.com/news24/SouthAfrica/News/R10m-Lotto-winner-arrested-for-robbery-20140205

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