Man to stand trial for bludgeoning family to death

2015-02-04 18:55

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Durban - A man who allegedly killed his wife as she slept and then bludgeoned his children to death will stand trial in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban in October.

Rajen Kandasamy, 44, would stand trial from 5 to 16 October in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said on Wednesday.

According to the indictment, Kandasamy and his wife Versha, 41, also known as Mala, were having marital problems.

After the two returned 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 son Megandran, 17, and daughter Melarisa Kandasamy, 18, entered the bedroom.

He allegedly struck them both on their heads, killing them. He then fled.

He reportedly used a Gada, a traditional Indian mace, to commit the murders.

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

The State is expected to call 17 witnesses.

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