Couple ‘driven to kill’

2011-04-19 00:00

AMITH Sewkarran (28) who pleaded guilty with his wife Kalisha Rajcoomar (25) to the murder of her former lover and father of her child, Sandesh Poorun, said yesterday they decided to kill Poorun together because he had interfered with them — often aggressively.

Poorun’s interference with them was so persistent that Rajcoomar obtained a court protection order against Poorun, but this did not deter him.

At one stage Poorun was phoning Sewkarran five to 10 times a day, threatening him and telling him his association with, and later marriage to, Rajcoomar would not work.

Sewkarran was testifying at the resumption of their trial during which they have been in custody for 26 months.

The trial has been followed by many relatives and friends of the accused and Poorun.

Sewkarran said their original plan to get rid of Poorun was for Rajcoomar to lure him to a guest house and poison him with a mixture of alcohol and drugs.

However, it only made him very drunk and they then resorted to attempting to strangle him while he was lying naked on the bed apparently very drunk

The indictment reads that once they were “satisfied” that Poorun was dead they wrapped his body in bed linen, put it in Sewkarran’s car, drove to a dump site along Table Mountain Road and set it alight.

They bought petrol and charcoal to burn the body. Previous forensic evidence was that fire debris was inhaled.

Sewkarran said that he was in love with Rajcoomar and she agreed to marry him. He took his mother and grandmother to meet her parents, but Poorun told Rajcoomar that she was confused and that her marriage to Sewkarran would never work.

Sewkarran said that Rajcoomar told him that Poorun would take no responsibility for the baby he fathered and gave her no support, but he still wanted a relationship with her.

Sewkarran said he believed that Poorun would back off after they married, but Poorun did not.

Sewkarran testified he loved Poorun’s child and that he agreed to treat it like his own child.

He said that Rajcoomar asked him why he did not fight back when Poorun threatened and interfered with them.

He said that he felt weak, despite the fact that he was physically bigger than Poorun.

Poorun also had friends who seemed to support him.

Clinical psychologist Clive Willows told the court that various sources indicated that Sewkarran was unassertive, avoidant and passive and that he did not have leadership traits.

Rajcoomar was Sewkarran’s first love and she had become the focus of his love and attention. There were breaks in their relationship, but he would take her back even though there may have been infidelity.

Willows said that Sewkarran was very protective of her and he did not want her to face more serious consequences of their crime than he did. Willows testified that he believed Sewkarran could offer Rajcoomar a more stable, settled life than Poorun would. The case continues today.

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