Evidence in murder case heard

2014-04-01 00:00

A DOCTOR giving evidence at the robbery and murder trial of a Durban man yesterday described multiple injuries suffered by two men who are alleged to have been stabbed repeatedly with a samurai sword.

However, Dr Diagasen Pillay told Judge Yvonne Mbatha that he couldn’t say for certain what instruments were used or whether the same instruments were used to inflict the wounds on both victims — Sebastian Chetty and Kevindran Naidoo.

He could only say that the injuries were caused by a long bladed instrument “like a knife”.

“The method of killing was the same in each case, except in the one case [Chetty] there was also an attempt to strangle the victim but that didn’t kill him,” he said.

According to the doctor’s findings, Naidoo had sustained a total of 17 “penetrating incised wounds” over his neck and body.

Pillay said of these, six stab wounds that entered the victim’s chest and both lungs, were fatal injuries.

The doctor said Chetty suffered a total of 12 stab wounds and the cause of death was a “penetrating abdominal injury”. An attempt was also made to strangle him with a piece of cloth tied around his neck.

Dr Pillay said there were “no defensive” injuries on either of the victims’ hands or arms to indicate they fought back, or any other signs of a struggle.

He estimated it would have taken the victims 30 to 45 minutes to die from their wounds.

Pillay was giving evidence at the trial of Jayinderan “Bob” Sewnath who faces charges of murder and robbery arising from the deaths of Naidoo and Chetty at Shallcross near Chatsworth on August 8, 2011.

Sewnath’s former co-accused in the case, Adrian Veeran (31), is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to the charges before a different judge last year. The state’s indictment alleges that Veeran sold a TV to Kevindran Naidoo but only received part of the agreed price.

Arrangements were allegedly made for Naidoo to pay the balance owed.

Veeran and Sewnath allegedly plotted to rob and kill Naidoo and Chetty when they came to make the payment.

On their arrival on the night in question Chetty had allegedly waited in the car while Naidoo entered the house first. Veeran allegedly held Naidoo while Sewnath stabbed him with a sword. Thereafter the men allegedly called Chetty to come out of the car and stabbed him.

The victims were robbed of two cellphones, a gold neck chain, a man’s gold ring and R5 000 in cash.

The case returns to the Durban high court for trial on June 30.

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