Wife-stabber testifies

2009-08-04 00:00

HOWICK murder accused Jaiseelan Govindsamy (41) was unable to explain under cross-examination in the high court in Pietermaritzburg what “sparked” him into stabbing his wife, Anthea, multiple times at Howick Falls on March 25, 2007.

State advocate Dheelan Naidoo asked Govindsamy to tell the court what caused the “rage and anger” he said came over him moments before he started stabbing Anthea, but Govindsamy said he could not.

“Are you saying that there was no spark?” asked Naidoo. “Yes, I don’t know what it was that caused me to do that,” the accused responded.

Naidoo suggested to Govindsamy that the history of alleged marital problems detailed by him in a report to clinical psychologist Lingum Pillay, and his alleged “suffering” at his wife’s hands was a “pack of lies” and a story that he made up in order to persuade Pillay to conclude that he (Govindsamy) was unable to control his actions.

Instead, Naidoo suggested the actual truth was that one of the reasons Anthea no longer wanted to be with him was Govindsamy’s excessive drinking, that Govindsamy “did not like” the fact that she instituted divorce proceedings against him and that because of that he decided to kill her.

He chose March 25, 2007 to carry out his plan, went in search of his wife armed with a knife, and carried out his intention.

In reply to several of these submissions Govindsamy responded that he had “no comment”.

State witnesses alleged that while stabbing his wife, Govindsamy said that if he could not have her “nobody else will” and uttered the words: “Till death us do part”.

Govindsamy testified that he could only recall being “on top of her stabbing her over and over”.

He remembered someone hitting him on his hand, causing the knife to fly out of his hand. Then he heard a male voice shout at him to step away from the car, to get down on his knees and “lie flat”.

He alleged he was then kicked repeatedly.

Govindsamy testified that he drank excessively and smoked cocaine continually for two days prior to the stabbing.

On the Sunday morning he “must have” smoked about 19 R50 pieces of cocaine he bought the night before at a club, he said.

Presiding Judge Esther Steyn, sitting with two assessors, asked Govindsamy to explain where he carried the knife he used to stab his wife, which has a sharp blade 14,2 cm long and a handle 12 cm long. “I must have put it in my pocket,” Govindsamy replied.

He said he fetched the knife from his car after seeing a man at the falls with whom he had an earlier confrontation, and denied that he possessed it for the purpose of stabbing his wife.

The case is proceeding.

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