Mental check-up for murder suspect

2014-03-11 00:00

RAJAN Kandasamy, the Chatsworth man who is accused of bludgeoning his wife and two children to death, will undergo mental observation at Fort Napier Hospital.

Kandasamy appeared briefly at the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court where he is facing a triple murder charge for killing his wife Mala (40), son Megandran (19) and daughter Melarisa (18) in January at their family home in Chatsworth.

The mother and two children were bludgeoned to death with a Hindu cultural mace that was found at the crime scene. Police had to break down the door to get into the house.

Yesterday morning Kandasamy, wearing a green T-shirt, walked up from the holding cells to take the stand. He had a serious expression as he stood still and locked eyes with magistrate Leon Sloth-Nielson.

Inside a packed courtroom, prosecutor Lolly Soobramoney said Kandasamy will be removed from custody for mental observation. Previously, there had been no beds at Fort Napier Hospital to accommodate Kandasamy and he had to remain in the hospital wing of Westville Prison.

“The authorisation was obtained for the appointment of Dr Mkhize and Professor Moodley to observe the accused,” Soobramoney said.

However, she said the hospital and the Director of Public Prosecutions have requested that Kandasamy not be allowed to any visits with his legal representative or family members without prior arrangements being made. The defence attorney Siven Samuel accepted the instruction.

Sloth-Nielson adjourned the case for 30 days until April 10 when the accused will re-appear in court.

Unlike the previous appearances, there were no protesters outside the court.

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