‘They must rot in jail’

2015-02-18 00:00

THE mother of a child whose decaying body was found in a manhole in Phoenix, Durban wants the murderers to “‘rot in jail”.

Ishara Dewnarain, whose son Shahiel Sewpujan (9) was found dead last week in Phoenix after being missing for four days, said the community would “kill” the accused if they were released.

She was attending the second ­appearance of her cousin Kavitha ­Naicker (31) and aunt Rajnanthie ­Hariprasad (54) at the Verulam ­Magistrate’s Court, after they have been charged with her son’s murder.

Hariprasad and Naicker, with their shoulders hunched forward, looked ­dishevelled as they entered the court ­under heavy police guard. The court was packed with media, family, faith leaders and Phoenix residents.

Their legal aid lawyer Sibusiso Zungu abandoned the bail application.

Dewnarain said outside court they are safer in jail. “If they come out, the community will kill them and will do worse things to them than they did to my child.”

Fighting back tears as she spoke, she said Naicker and Hariprasad told her ­after Shahiel first went missing that they “knew nothing”.

“They didn’t even tell me he was missing. I only found out when I came back from work. They then even helped us search for Shahiel. They would tell me he was naughty but I allowed him to be a child. If they didn’t want him at the house, we would have left. He was my only baby.”

Shahiel’s biological father Mohammed Shaheer said the public must “pray for the souls” of those found guilty by the court. “They will pay for this in both this life and the afterlife,” said Shaheer.

The women are accused of repeatedly beating Shahiel, killing him on ­February 5 and then dumping his body and belongings.

Meanwhile magistrate Theveloshni Badal ruled that the media would, in ­future appearances, be allowed to take photographs of the suspects.

The matter was postponed until March 17 for further investigation.

• jonathan.erasmus@witness.co.za

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