Report on gada killing next month

2014-04-10 11:01


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Durban - A report on the mental state of a Durban man accused of beating his wife and two teenage children to death is expected be presented to court next month, the NPA said on Thursday.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said Rajan Kandasamy, 44, had undergone a mental assessment at Fort Napier Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and was back in Durban's Westville Prison.

Kandasamy had been due to appear in the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court on Thursday, but Ramkisson-Kara said he had appeared briefly on Monday, when the matter was adjourned to 8 May.

She said it was likely that the report from the mental assessment would be presented to court then.

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.

Family friends had 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.

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