Top cop gets his man

2012-08-14 00:00

AFTER seven years on the run, Madhan Maharaj (49) was re-arrested for the murder of his wife, proving that there is no escaping the long arm of the law.

It appears that Maharaj didn’t run far from Pietermaritzburg, as police tracked him to a primary school in Phoenix, Durban, where he was working as a caretaker.

Maharaj is accused of the brutal murder of his wife, Caroline (32), on September 3, 2005, at their home in Wayside Place, Pietermaritzburg.

A week later, he escaped from Fort Napier Hospital where he was sent for mental observation and has been a wanted man ever since.

Maharaj is accused of a vicious assault on Caroline with a steel pipe before allegedly slitting her throat.

The couple had a seven-year-old daughter.

Caroline’s body was discovered by her father, Bala Rajah, the day after she was killed.

He had been visited by Caroline’s sister-in-law and the police, asking if he knew where she was.

Rajah went to her home, and when his knocks went unanswered, he broke into the house through a window and discovered her bloodied body.

Maharaj was arrested a few days

later.

The Witness reported on September 7, 2005, that Maharaj asked to he held at New Prison instead of Mountain Rise police station, saying he was suffering from piles and would not get adequate medical attention at the station.

He escaped before his trial could begin. But the police did not give up on the case.

Detective Captain Pipes Haffajee of the Mountain Rise serious crimes unit told The Witness yesterday that officers often revisited old dockets in the hope of nabbing wanted criminals.

He said Maharaj’s re-arrest had resulted from the joint efforts of the Mountain Rise police and the provincial crime intelligence unit.

“It’s been almost seven years since he escaped and we couldn’t find him.”

Haffajee said Maharaj had been working as a caretaker at Riverview Primary School in Phoenix.

When the police caught up with him at his cottage on the school premises, he looked very surprised.

Haffajee said Maharaj’s appearance had changed drastically since 2005.

“He’s much older now. He has lost a few teeth and he’s gone bald,” he added.

Haffajee said they would trace Caroline’s family to give them the good news.

Maharaj is due to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today for his wife’s murder and escaping from custody.

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