‘She told me she strangled Pooran’

2009-04-05 00:00

Sandesh Pooran was strangled by his lover while he was comatose from a drink spiked by her, and she then made her husband help burn his body.

These sensational claims were made by Amith Sewkarran who, with his wife Kalisha Rajcoomer, is accused of the murder of Pooran (26), a welder. Sewkarran now wants to divorce her.

Sewkarran made these allegations in an affidavit he submitted during a bail application in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday. Pooran’s charred body was found on the outskirts of the city after he went missing on February 7.

Sewkarran said he and Rajcoomer had an unusual relationship, living separately, while she at times was intimate with Pooran, who fathered her child.

Rajcoomer abandoned her application for bail, saying she intends to plead guilty to Pooran’s murder.

Sewkarran said in his affidavit that Rajcoomer called him at about midnight to an hotel where he found someone who seemed to be asleep with her.

He became agitated and wanted to leave but she pulled him back. He said: “She hysterically blurted: ‘I am in big trouble, he is dead and I killed him.’

“I was shocked and said I would report the matter. She told me if I did she would implicate me in the murder and say I was the one who killed him, which she has now done.

“She said she spiked his drink and strangled him with his own belt. I said I wanted no part and she said: ‘We are in this together.’

“We put his body in the back seat of a car.”

After buying fuel, they drove on the Greytown road and she told him to stop at Mattisons.

“She told me to help take the body out of the car. I was in a state … I went back to the car. She opened the door … I was too scared to turn around.

“I put my head against the steering and closed my eyes … she got in. She said: ‘Wake up, let’s go.’

“Through the rear view mirror I saw flames on the side of the road. I did not talk to her and went to Pietermaritzburg,” said Sewkarran.

Sewkarran also said he wishes to divorce Rajcoomer as it has become clear to him that ‘her marriage to me was one of convenience’.

“I feel no love for her any longer and I am in the situation that I am purely as a result of her wrong doing and cannot see myself continuing in a marriage with her.”

His bail application resumes in May.

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