Familicide: accused fit for trial

2014-05-09 00:00

TRIPLE murder accused Megamberry Rajen Kandasamy (44) is fit to stand trial, the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court heard yesterday.

He is accused of bludgeoning his wife Mala (40), son Megandran (19) and daughter Melarisa (18) to death in January this year. The Witness reported that the three were found dead by a relative in their Moorton home. They were allegedly killed with a mace used in the worship of the Hindu deity Hanuman.

At his earlier court appearance the same month, state prosecutor Lolly Soobramoney said the district surgeon had found that Kandasamy required psychiatric assessment.

He was then sent to Fort Napier Hospital for psychiatric evaluation and has not admitted nor denied killing his family.

Two private and a state psychiatrist had since examined Kandasamy’s mental state to ascertain whether he was fit to stand trial.

Yesterday, the court heard that only one psychiatrist had submitted his findings on Kandasamy’s mental state. The findings were that he is fit to stand trial. Very few people attended court yesterday, but those in the gallery included Kandasamy’s niece and another relative.

Soobramoney requested an adjournment until the other two reports were filed, and that Kandasamy be moved from the hospital wing of the Durban-Westville prison to prison cells.

Leone Soobramoney, for the defence, made a submission that her client be kept in the hospital wing until the reports on the other two assessments were available.

Magistrate Leon Ferreira asked if the defence had seen the one submitted psychiatric report and Soobramoney replied that she had not. Ferreira then stood the matter down for 30 minutes to allow the defence time to study the report.

When court resumed Ferreira said the decision on where Kandasamy should be held until his next appearance on June, must be made by authorities at Westville prison. He noted that he had no medical background and therefore would not be able to convince the prison authorities to hold Kandasamy in the prison’s hospital wing.

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