Two plead guilty to brutal rape, murder

2010-01-28 00:00

A NEWCASTLE mother, Ranjini Narainsamy, was tied up, throttled and eventually suffocated while her 10-year-old daughter, Hegendhri, was raped and thereafter hanged in the passage of her home on September 9, 2008.

Two men yesterday pleaded guilty to committing the crimes before high court Judge Themba Sishi at Madadeni. The judge will sentence Siphamandla Nkosi (22) and Mxolisi Masondo (18) today.

According to the statements made by the two men their motive for murdering their victims was to avoid identification.

The court heard that Nkosi worked for Narainsamy’s husband, Selvan, who owned a construction business that he operated from his home in the Newcastle area. Masondo had also been employed there on a part-time basis.

At the time of the incident Selvan Narainsamy was in Taiwan, having left South Africa on June 3, 2008.

According to the state’s indictment, when Nkosi and Masondo arrived at the victims’ house in Meeu Avenue, Aviary Hill, Newcastle, no one was home.

They waited until Narainsamy arrived home with Hegendhri, whom she had fetched from school.

They grabbed Narainsamy by the throat, pulling her to the ground, tied her hands and legs together with rope, gagged her and tied a scarf around her head and neck.

They turned to the girl, tied her hands behind her back and demanded money. As she did not know where it was, they ransacked the house, taking goods and a safe with them.

Nkosi took Hegendhri to the bedroom where he raped her. Afterwards the men tied a rope around the child’s neck and placed her standing on a chair.

They tied the other end of the rope around a wooden trellis structure in the passage, and removed the chair from under her feet.

Afterwards they loaded the stolen goods into the Narainsamys’ Toyota Tazz car and fled the scene. According to medical records, both mother and daughter died of asphyxia.

State advocate Ian Cooke has urged the court to impose life imprisonment on the killers.

He said that although Masondo was two days short of his 18th birthday when the crimes were committed and in law was therefore a juvenile, he too deserved life.

He said Masondo had committed “adult crimes” and deserved the same punishment as his co-accused.

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