‘Sentencing won’t bring back my children’

2018-04-04 06:03

FIVE long years of seeking justice for the death of their son and daughter-in-law after a fatal accident in December 2012, Peter and Soundthie Pillay finally never have to go to court again after Thamendran Pillay was sentenced to seven years behind bars for their deaths last Monday.

This comes after Pillay was found guilty in the regional court by Magistrate Bhekizitha Phoswa of culpable homicide in the case of the death of the couple after concluding that Pillay had been driving drunk and without a licence at the time of the accident.

“Pillay was driving at full speed, his vehicle moving towards traffic as if he was on a racing track. His mother told him not to drive drunk but he did not heed her advice. He disrespected her,” said Phoswa.

Phoswa stressed that Pillay did not own up to the accident and in other words is saying that he is not responsible for the collision.

“He is saying the court is wrong to have found him guilty. I hold a different view and the court convicted him,” said Phoswa.

Speaking to the Maritzburg Fever after the sentencing, Soundthie accepted the courts rule but stated that it will not bring her children back.

“We have pain in our hearts and it won’t go away,” said Soundthie.

Peter said that it is not a victory and that they are not rejoicing at the fact that Pillay now has to face seven years behind bars. “We do not hate him, our hearts are very sore for him but this is the law and he had to face the law for what he did,” said Peter.

He added that they have been praying for him and hope that he can find some kind of repentance during his time in jail. “We have released and forgiven him and we hope that he can beg for forgiveness from God as well. We hope that his time in jail will be a life-changing and reflective one,” said Peter.

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