Inquest into man’s death

2010-03-06 00:00

AN inquest docket has finally been opened in the case of the man who died allegedly after eating a poisoned banana meant for a monkey, from the garden of a Hilton residential complex.

Police confirmed this week that the matter has been set down for an inquest after statements were obtained by police from people who were with the man when he ate the banana, nurses and doctors who attended to him when he fell ill, and a pathologist.

According to police, the director of public prosecutions had ordered police to open an inquest docket.

Once a formal inquest has been held, a decision will be made on whether to prosecute the woman who allegedly laced the banana with te­mic poison hoping to kill the monkeys that raided her garden.

Secoomar Brijmohan (63), who was at the woman’s home as a garden service supervisor, ate the banana without realising it was potentially lethal.

The Witness reported on January 7 last year that Brijmohan, also known as Prem, had found the banana on a table in the garden and ate it.

He fell ill with nausea, shivering and sweating profusely, before he fainted. Despite being rushed to hospital and being treated for poisoning, Brij­mohan died later.

He also suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure and was on medication for these conditions.

Brijmohan’s family told The Witness at the time that he was admitted to Northdale Hospital, but was later transferred to Grey’s.

After he was seda­ted for the first four days, the day before his death doctors told the distressed family there was nothing more they could do to save him.

His body was cremated before a post mortem could be carried out.

At the time, police confirmed the matter was never reported to them, and that they first heard of the alleged poisoning incident when it was covered in The Witness.

Brijmohan, who lived in Howick, was a founding member of the Howick West Hindu Association, on which he served as treasurer and secretary for close to 25 years.

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