Durban – Alleged triple killer Mogamberry Rajan Kandasamy bludgeoned his family with traditional Indian maces because his wife Varsha wanted to file for divorce and told him she was seeing someone else, a court had heard.

The chilling details, revealed in the Durban High Court on Tuesday, are contained in a confession which Kandasamy made to police on December 31, 2013 – two days after he allegedly went berserk at his Timera Grove home in Moorton, Chatsworth.

One of the maces broke after his daughter, Melarisa, 18, was struck thrice on her skull.

Kandasamy’s hopes of walking free were dealt a blow when Judge Shyam Gyanda ruled, after the conclusion of a trial-within-a-trial, that the confession was admissible.

Kandasamy’s counsel, advocate Ryan Naidu and attorney Siven Samuel had argued that the confession was not given freely and voluntarily and that Kandasamy had been tortured by police.

The court, however, ruled there was no evidence to sustain the allegation that warrant officers Robin Singh and Rama Moodley had schooled Kandasamy, who had pleaded not guilty, on what to say in his statement.

Judge Gyanda said Singh was not at the police station when the statement was taken down.

The State, however, maintained that the person responsible for the triple murder was Kandasamy alone.

Kandasamy is out on R10 000 bail, and the trial will resume in November.

– The Post

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