Family murder accused to undergo psych test

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Johannesburg - A Durban man accused of beating to death his wife and two teenage children appeared in the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court on Monday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

The matter was postponed to 10 April for Rajan Kandasamy, 44, to undergo psychiatric assessment, said NPA KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson.

Kandasamy's lawyer Sivan Samuels filed an application on 10 January for the mental assessment, but on 14 February, Ramkisson said it had not been possible to secure a bed for him in a mental institution.

"He will be admitted today [Monday]," Ramkisson said.

Kandasamy 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 29 December.

Their friends called the police after they failed to attend a memorial service.

Kandasamy was handed over to police by his relatives on New Year's Eve.

- SAPA

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