Murder accused temporarily abandons his application for bail

2013-06-20 00:00

LAWYERS for Claudius Chetty (18), who is charged with the murder of FET college student Rashmika Janthielayal (16), yesterday temporarily abandoned his application for bail.

Rashmika’s mother, Shireen, and her cousin, Nirasha Kumarasamy, later welcomed the fact that Chetty had dropped his bail bid and said they hoped that he would never be released on bail.

“He butchered my child … he must rot,” said Shireen bitterly.

Chetty’s attorney, Anand Pillay, told the court that the defence had decided to abandon their application for bail at this time, but could apply again at a later stage.

He said they were told yesterday that the state intends to deal with the bail application in terms of Schedule Six of the Criminal Procedure Act, because it alleges that the murder was premeditated.

There were also various aspects of the investigation still outstanding and the defence believed it was in the accused’s interests that the bail application stand over until these were finalised, said Pillay.

By agreement, the case was adjourned to July 10.

The court was packed yesterday with family and friends of the accused, as well as of the murder victim.

The latter had travelled from Greytown to attend the proceedings.

While Chetty’s supporters brushed past members of the media after the hearing, indicating they had nothing to say, Rashmika’s family said they want Chetty to remain behind bars.

Shireen said she was upset because Chetty’s family had “not shown remorse or sympathy” towards her over the loss of her daughter.

She said Rashmika would have turned 17 years old on October 1 this year.

She said that she had taken her daughter out of the FET college because she was allegedly being harassed in the month before her murder, and said she had brought this to the attention of the principal and the teacher at the college.

She said, on the day that she was stabbed to death, Rashmika had returned to college to write exams.

“He [Chetty] called me on the day of the murder to tell me that Rashmika had been stabbed and we must rush to Pietermaritzburg,” she said.

Shireen stressed that Chetty was not her daughter’s boyfriend.

Chetty is charged with stabbing Rashmika multiple times on the stairway of the uMgungundlovu FET Northdale campus on June 3. She died at the scene.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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