FET College murder accused has lost 46?kg

2013-10-03 00:00

MURDER accused Claudius Chetty (19) says he has lost 46 kilograms since being jailed in connection with the murder of FET College student, Rashmika Janthielayal on June 3 this year.

Janthielayal was stabbed more than 14 times at the Umgungundlovu FET College’s Northdale campus.

Her mother, Shireen, told The Witness yesterday that she and other family members were taken by surprise and were upset to learn that Chetty had renewed his application for bail in the Pietermaritzburg regional court on Monday afternoon.

They travelled to Pietermaritzburg from Greytown to attend the proceedings yesterday.

“I think someone should have informed us,” she said.

“He [Chetty] said [in his affidavit] that his arrest has brought stress on his family and friends. What about our family? He is the one that did the damage to my daughter,” she added bitterly.

According to evidence given on Monday by the investigating officer Sergeant Sheldon Norman, Rashmika’s best friend was allegedly one of two eyewitnesses who claim they saw Chetty stabbing the victim after handing her a letter.

The attack took place in broad daylight at the campus.

However, in his affidavit in support of his bail application Chetty said that he intends to plead not guilty to the murder charge.

In a further affidavit filed yesterday by his attorney Anand Pillay, to elaborate on Chetty’s current health in jail, Chetty said that before his arrest he weighed 110 kilograms.

In the four months since then he has lost 46 kilograms.

“Various tests for tuberculosis have been conducted but it was not conclusive. I was given Valium and anti-depressants whilst in hospital,” he said.

Chetty said he was also treated by a psychiatrist — a Dr Molefe — and a female pyschologist every Friday and Sunday until the end of August.

Chetty said he believes that his detention is having a detrimental effect on his mental health and wellbeing.

He also insisted in yesterday’s affidavit that a pending assault case against him and a co-accused involves a charge of “common assault” and not assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm as was alleged in evidence by the investigating officer.

Norman told the court during his testimony on Monday that he had not seen the contents of the police docket relating to the pending charge, but said it was one of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

It was alleged that Chetty and his brother had assaulted Chetty’s mother’s boyfriend.

Chetty’s lawyers yesterday gave the court a copy of Chetty’s police statement relating to the assault case in which Chetty alleges that he and his brother had confronted their mother’s boyfriend (Rajendren Pillay) over allegations that he was abusing her.

According to Chetty’s statement, Pillay “shaped up for the fight and refused to explain the reason for the abuse” of his mother.

During an ensuing altercation, Chetty said he pushed Pillay and also punched him as he was angered by his actions.

Regional court magistrate Bhekizitha Phoswa granted state prosecutor, Ricky van Wyk and the investigating officer, time to check the details of the assault case, and granted a postponement of the bail hearing until October 11 to enable the state to investigate the allegations concerning Chetty’s physical and mental health whilst in custody.

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