Stabbed 50 times

2014-08-21 00:00

A FORMER Pietermaritzburg man has been arrested for the murder of his wife, who was found with 50 stab wounds this week.

The body of Shareen Pillay (41), also formerly of Pietermaritzburg, was found by a passerby, who alerted paramedics, on Sunday. The couple had been living and working in Bryanston, Gauteng, for a number of years.

Yengesen Pillay (42) was arrested at a relative’s home in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday. He apparently did not turn up for work at his Gauteng employer’s offices on Monday and was traced by police to Pietermaritzburg.

Having apparently tried to commit suicide, he was admitted to a hospital in the city under police guard and appeared in court in absentia.

Speaking at her funeral at the Bethel Ministries in the city yesterday, Pillay’s brother, Shaun Ramlal, said the family would most remember her smile.

Ramlal, who also lives in Gauteng, told The Witness he was the first person to be contacted after Pillay’s body was discovered.

“The family is still shocked by this incident.

“On Sunday I identified her body and had to contact the family in Pietermaritzburg. It’s hard because I still can’t believe this. My sister was a loving person who put the needs of others before her own … She was bubbly and always smiling,” he said.

Pillay was an administration manager at Game and had two children.

According to Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng, Yengesen Pillay’s condition was “not stable”.

“A doctor booked him off after his arrest at a relative’s home in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday,” he said.

Prosecutor Yusuf Baba said he would be brought to court upon his discharge from hospital.

Pillay would face a schedule six murder charge when he appears in court. It was unclear when or how he had tried to commit suicide.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.