Man accused of bludgeoning family claims insanity

2014-01-15 00:00

THE man facing a triple murder charge for killing his wife and two children is seeking to be declared mentally insane.

Rajen Kandasamy (44), who has not admitted or denied bludgeoning his family to death at their family home in Chatsworth with a Hindu cultural mace, is to be sent to Fort Napier Hospital which specialises in psychiatric health, the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court heard yesterday.

Prosecutor Lolly Soobramoney said the district surgeon has found that Kandasamy does “require further assessment by a physiologist”.

Judge Prem Singh adjourned the matter to February 14.

Kandasamy will remain in the hospital wing of the Westville Prison until he is assessed within the next 30 days.

Defence lawyer Siven Samuel said the assessment will determine whether Kandasamy will stand trial or not.

“If it is found he is unfit to stand trial it is likely the accused will remain in Fort Napier for the remainder of his life. The district surgeon has said he must be assessed properly. If he can stand trial then justice must take its course. However, my client has no recollection of what transpired at the house and has not entered into any plea. He has not admitted he committed the crime,” said Samuel.

Community leader Visvin Reddy said it is unacceptable that the accused is doing time in a hospital prison.

“We want the NPA to assure the community that this case will be conducted without fear or favour. If he is released it will be very difficult for him to reintegrate into the community. However, the community will welcome him back if in fact he has been found not have done the crime,” said Reddy.

Kandasamy is charged with the murders of his wife Mala (40), son Megandran (19) and daughter Melarisa (18), who had just completed matric and achieved a number of distinctions.

The family were found bludgeoned to death at their Moorton home a fortnight ago. They were allegedly killed with a mace used in the worship of the Hindu deity Hanuman.

Their bloodied bodies were discovered by a relative after the family failed to appear at a memorial service just before New Year’s Eve.

Former city councillor Jay Iyer said the family of the deceased got concerned when Mala, Megandran and Melarisa didn’t arrive at the service held for Ashlee and Deepika Reddy, to whom they were related. Ashlee (30) and Deepika (27), who both grew up in Durban — were killed in a head-on accident just hours after leaving their own wedding and were en route to their honeymoon on the South Coast on December 16.

• jonathan.erasmus@witness.co.za

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