Stabbed 50 times

2014-08-21 00:00

A FORMER Pietermaritzburg man has been arrested for the murder of his wife, who was found with 50 stab wounds this week.

The body of Shareen Pillay (41), also formerly of Pietermaritzburg, was found by a passerby, who alerted paramedics, on Sunday. The couple had been living and working in Bryanston, Gauteng, for a number of years.

Yengesen Pillay (42) was arrested at a relative’s home in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday. He apparently did not turn up for work at his Gauteng employer’s offices on Monday and was traced by police to Pietermaritzburg.

Having apparently tried to commit suicide, he was admitted to a hospital in the city under police guard and appeared in court in absentia.

Speaking at her funeral at the Bethel Ministries in the city yesterday, Pillay’s brother, Shaun Ramlal, said the family would most remember her smile.

Ramlal, who also lives in Gauteng, told The Witness he was the first person to be contacted after Pillay’s body was discovered.

“The family is still shocked by this incident.

“On Sunday I identified her body and had to contact the family in Pietermaritzburg. It’s hard because I still can’t believe this. My sister was a loving person who put the needs of others before her own … She was bubbly and always smiling,” he said.

Pillay was an administration manager at Game and had two children.

According to Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng, Yengesen Pillay’s condition was “not stable”.

“A doctor booked him off after his arrest at a relative’s home in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday,” he said.

Prosecutor Yusuf Baba said he would be brought to court upon his discharge from hospital.

Pillay would face a schedule six murder charge when he appears in court. It was unclear when or how he had tried to commit suicide.

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