Crime: Woman’s ‘secret’ husband to join her in dock

2009-02-19 00:00

Amith Sewkarran (26), the husband of Kalisha Rajcomar (23), appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the murder of Rajcomar’s former boyfriend and the father of her child.

He has been remanded in custody until February 24, the same date that Rajcomar is expected to make a second court appearance. The couple have not yet pleaded to any charges.

Rajcomar’s attorney, Anand Pillay, said yesterday he has instructions to lodge a bail application on behalf of his client when the case returns to court next week.

The victim, Sandesh Poorun (26), was murdered — allegedly in Pietermaritzburg — and his body transported to the Table Mountain road near Cramond where it was dumped and set alight. He went missing on February 7 after receiving a telephone call while at a local pub.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said yesterday the postmortem carried out on Poorun’s body is still inconclusive as the remains were decomposed and badly charred. He said several forensic tests have yet to be completed.

Information that Poorun may have been strangled prior to being burned has not yet been confirmed by medical evidence.

Sewkarran’s mother told The Witness yesterday she was not even aware that her son had married Rajcomar. She has met Rajcomar briefly on several occasions and knew that they had “some sort of relationship”, but did not realise that it was serious.

She said her family has been “devastated” by these events and that she did not wish to comment further.

The Witness learned that the couple registered their marriage in October last year, but did not have a traditional wedding ceremony and still continued to live in separate homes.

The reason for this may have been cultural differences between their families, as well as ongoing tension over the relationship between Rajcomar and Poorun.

Rajcomar’s mother, Jayshree Davids, said she too did not know about her daughter’s marriage to Sewkarran, but she approved of their relationship and encouraged her daughter to move on from her affair with Poorun.

She told The Witness her daughter loved Poorun dearly, but that the relationship had become stormy over time.

She alleged that recently her daughter obtained a restraining order against Poorun.

Davids said she and other family members are extremely traumatised by the arrest of her daughter and son-in-law.

Gossip and speculation have added to their distress.

Davids said she hopes the whole truth will emerge during the trial.

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