Man with SA links murders prospective bride

2014-03-31 14:09


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Johannesburg - An Indian engineer who worked in South Africa is being held in Australia after the murder of a student in a Brisbane hotel room.

Beeld reported on Monday that Meenatchi Narayanan, 27, was allegedly repeatedly stabbed by Senthill Kumar Arumugam, 31, two days after he arrived in the country from South Africa.

He also allegedly tried to smother her with a pillow, before slitting her throat.

Her family had once thought of Arumugam as “mild mannered and good natured”. It is believed they were destined to be married in terms of an agreement that had been pre-arranged by their respective families.

Arumugam told Queensland police his address was Rider Haggard Avenue in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. However, Beeld could find no one in that street who knew of him.

He apparently met Narayanan, who was from Singapore, in November last year, and flew to Brisbane to see her. They checked into a hotel last Wednesday.

The manager later heard screams and saw blood coming from underneath the door. Police broke down the door and found Arumugam next to the body. He also had cuts to his body in an apparent attempt to kill himself and was admitted to hospital.

He will appear in a Brisbane court on 5 April.

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