PMB couple’s sentencing postponed

2009-11-13 00:00

SENTENCING of a Pietermaritzburg couple, Kalisha Rajcoomar (23) and Amith Sewkarran (26), who stand convicted of the premeditated murder of Rajcoomar’s former lover, Sandesh Poorun, was postponed yesterday until February 12 next year.

Judge Pete Koen said that if psychological reports of the two accused are available on that day and he is freed from civil duties, the case will proceed.

Otherwise, it will be further postponed to the first available date thereafter.

The couple appeared relaxed as they sat side by side in the dock awaiting the proceedings, and took the opportunity to chat to family members in the gallery.

Both pleaded guilty last month to charges that they murdered Poorun, who was strangled at The Gables bed and breakfast in Scottsville.

The couple disposed of the body by setting fire to it at a remote spot outside Pietermaritzburg.

In statements to the court, each accused, however, suggested it was the other who had initially come up with the idea of the murder.

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