Northdale businessman kills wife, then himself

2008-11-02 00:00

A 56-year-old Northdale businessman, who owns an asphalting business, shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself following an argument at the couple’s home on Saturday morning.

Narseem Reddy (56) shot his wife Berisha Reddy (35) four times outside a neighbour’s home before returning to his house where he shot himself once in the head.

Neighbours who spoke to The Witness on condition of anonymity said that the Reddys “had been at each others’ throats” for years.

Family members were overheard saying that Berisha had sought several protection orders.

It is alleged that the couple had an argument on Saturday morning, resulting in Reddy shooting his wife in the right hand.

She ran out of the house to seek help from the neighbours and arrived at the front door of her neighbours’ house, two doors away from her home.

Her gun-wielding husband went after her and according to the neighbours he could be heard shouting: “I am going to kill you”.

The neighbours were allegedly too scared even to open the door. She crouched against the door pleading with her husband not to kill her.

Another neighbour said that Reddy had also threatened one of his children, who was pleading with him not to kill their mother.

“He warned his daughter to let go of her mother, threatening to shoot her too. The child together with her elder sister fled the scene and jumped over a wall at the back of the house and ran for safety.”

The man later returned to his house where he also shot himself.

Chris Botha of Netcare 911 said Berisha was already dead when paramedics arrived at the scene.

Reddy, who was still alive, was put on a ventilator and “after extensive work to stabilise him”, he was taken to hospital.

He died a few hours later at Northdale Hospital after an emergency operation.

A neighbour described Reddy as a “gentleman” who always respected his neighbours.

Police spokesman Henry Budhram said a case of murder and an inquest have been opened.

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