Pair dead at home for months

2015-02-11 06:15
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Durban - The Northdale community was reeling on Tuesday after the discovery of the decomposing bodies of a local couple in their Surat Place home.

Subendran, 38, and his wife Desiree Naicker, 35, were last seen in public early in December last year. Their bodies were found on Tuesday morning after neighbours reported them missing to the police last week

Colonel Jay Naicker said police visited the couple’s Northdale home during their investigation.

“On approaching the premises, the police noticed a foul odour coming from the house. The house was eventually opened by the fire department and two bodies were discovered in the bedroom. “It is alleged that Subendran shot his wife and then himself.”

A bloodied firearm, which is believed to have been used in the alleged murder suicide, was found lying next to the bodies in the bedroom.

A shocked neighbour Saro Pandaram said the couple’s red doublestorey home had been closed since December 15 and she initially thought they were on vacation. Neither of the couple were working and they had no children.

“I thought that they were on holiday. The gate, door and windows had been closed and the lights were all switched off,” said Pandaram.

“We tried to reach them on their cellphones, but they went straight to voicemail. They were such a good couple. This is very sad.”

Another neighbour, Kumeshni Naidoo, posted on Facebook: “Very devastating. Few doors away from where it [the incident] happened. Still in shock.”

Another neighbour who requested anonymity said Subendran, who was also known as Candy, was “a good man” who liked people.

Scores of distraught and shocked neighbours had gathered at the scene when The Witness arrived at the home. The couple’s family were too distraught to speak to the media.

“We are shocked and in a lot of pain to talk. Therefore we will not comment,” said a relative.

Removing the bodies from the home was delayed for hours as off-duty officers had to be called in to assist those at the scene.

Relatives broke into tears and comforted each other when the bodies were eventually loaded into the mortuary van.

Subendran’s mother, whose name could not be verified, was taken to a neighbour’s house, crying inconsolably.

Uncollected letters and newspapers from the post box were found scattered by the fence.

Colonel Naicker said a charge of murder and an inquest docket were opened for investigation by Mountain Rise police.

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