Engineer allegedly murders wife-to-be in Brisbane

2014-03-30 10:01

An Indian-born engineer who lives and works in South Africa has been accused of murdering the woman he planned to marry – by trying to suffocate her and then slitting her throat.

Meena Narayanan (27) was found dead in a Brisbane hotel room this week and Senthill Kumar Arumugam (31) was found next to her body.

He had stab wounds to his arms and stomach, which police in the Australian city believe he inflicted in an attempt to kill himself.

Arumugam gave his address to the Queensland police as Rider Haggard Avenue, Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal.

However, nobody could be traced in the street this week who knew him.

According to reports in the Australian press, the pair met in Brisbane on Monday after Arumugam flew in from South Africa.

The service manager at the Travelodge in the city phoned the police shortly after midnight when screams were heard from the room.

Blood was seen seeping under the door when the manager went to investigate, a Brisbane police spokesperson told City Press’ sister paper Rapport.

Narayanan is from Singapore and was studying at the Queensland University of Technology.

Arumugam was taken to hospital and treated under police guard. On Tuesday during a special hospital ward session, a judge officially charged Arumugam with murder.

Police told City Press he did not enter a plea.

The Brisbane Times has reported that the two were due to marry in terms of an arrangement between their families.

But a different newspaper report said the pair met on an Indian website, seeking marriage partners.

According to the second report, the two had met once before in Singapore, where they had sex.

This made both of them severely depressed, the newspaper reported, because extramarital sex is wrong in the Hindu tradition.

Narayanan’s brother Letchumanan has reportedly denied that there were plans of a marriage between the two.

Arumugam is due to appear in court on Saturday.

Nelson Kgwete, spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Co-operation, confirmed this week that the accused is an Indian citizen who worked in South Africa.

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