Man accused of killing family is fit for trial

By Drum Digital
24 June 2014

Man accused of killing family is expected to apply for bail today

A Durban man accused of beating his wife and two teenage children to death is expected to apply for bail in the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

In his last court appearance, Rajan Kandasamy, 44, was declared fit to stand trial after undergoing psychiatric assessment at a mental institution.

Prosecutor Lolly Soobramoney told the court at the time that Kandasamy was fit to stand trial according to the opinion of three psychologists, identified in court as Dr Dunn, Dr Moodley, and Professor Mkhize.

Kandasamy, 44, allegedly used a gada -- a traditional Indian mace carried by the Hindu god Hanuman -- to kill his wife and their two teenage children, aged 18 and 17.

Their bloodied and battered bodies were found in the family's home on December 29. Their friends called the police after they failed to attend a memorial service.

Relatives handed him to police on New Year's eve. His bail application was postponed on Friday last week to allow him to undergo mental assessment.

Wikipedia describes the gada as a blunt mace or club from South Asia which is made entirely of metal. It has a spherical head mounted on a shaft, with a spike on the top. Hanuman is seen as a protector against evil spirits and worshipped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance, and devotion.

-           Sapa

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