Mother-in-law held for murder

2009-02-28 00:00

The mother-in-law of Fiona Khader (27), charged in connection with her murder, appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday and has been remanded in custody to appear again on March 6.

Romila Singh (55), also known as Shahida Khan, and four others have been called in for questioning since Tuesday, the day of Khader’s murder, but police arrested only Singh.

Khader, who boarded at Singh’s Durban home in Beatrice Street with her fiancé and two children, was last seen on Tuesday morning taking her sons to school.

At around 11am that day, a cleaner at the Gani Flats in East Street in Pietermaritzburg found her body in the outside toilets.

“I really don’t understand how she got here,” said her father, Abdul Rashid Khader.

Khader had been stabbed in the neck and abdomen. Her shirt was drenched with blood and her black pants were full of mud as though she had been dragged into the toilet, which doubled as a storage room for crates of empty beer bottles.

When police questioned shop owners, nearby residents and passers-by, several said they heard a woman’s screams just an hour before her body was discovered.

Police found on her person only a birth certificate, which they used to trace her relatives.

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