No hospital place yet for accused father

2014-02-15 00:00

RAJEN Kandasamy (44) will remain in the hospital wing of the Westville Prison until March 10, when he will be allocated a bed at Fort Napier Psychiatric Hospital for mental observation.

The Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court heard yesterday that since the adjournment of the murder case against Kandasamy, and the recommendation for mental observation by a district surgeon in January, a bed has not been available at the hospital.

Kandasamy handed himself to the police early this year after he allegedly killed his wife and two children.

The three were found bludgeoned to death in their home in Chatsworth. Police had to break down the door to get into the house. A Hindu cultural mace that was found at the crime scene is suspected to have been used to commit the murders.

When the bodies were found, Kandasamy had disappeared but some days later he handed himself to the police.

Magistrate Leon Nielsen yesterday postponed the murder case after learning that no bed was available at the hospital until March.

Kandasamy’s defence attorney Siven Samuel said, “The prosecution is confident that by March 10 a bed will be available. He will be admitted at the psychiatric facility for a one month observation and then the assessment will follow.”

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