Man kills wife, bludgeons kids

2014-09-16 21:38
Forensic pathology plays a critical role in the investigation of murder in the Western Cape. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Forensic pathology plays a critical role in the investigation of murder in the Western Cape. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Durban - A man killed his wife as she slept and bludgeoned his children to death when they came to investigate what was happening, prosecutors will claim when Rajan Kandasamy goes on trial in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban .

Kandasamy was indicted in the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and his case was adjourned to 24 November, when a trial date is likely to be set.

According to the indictment, Kandasamy and his wife Versha, known as Mala, were having marital problems.

The two returned home to their Chatsworth home in the earlier hours of 29 December last year.

Kandasamy allegedly armed himself with two wooden maces and beat her to death in her bed.

As he was doing this, his children Megandran and Melarisa Kandasamy entered the bedroom.

He struck them both on their heads killing them as well. He then fled.

The cause of death according to the post mortem was "blunt force injuries to the head".

Earlier it was reported that Kandasamy had used a Gada, an ancient Indian mace, to kill his wife and children.

The State is expecting to call 17 witnesses when Kandasamy does ultimately stand trial.

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