Triple murder accused, Collin Pillay.
Chris Gounden, the lawyer of triple murder accused, Colin Pillay, has withdrawn from the case a month before the case is due to stand trial at the Durban High Court.
Pillay, a 46-year-old tow truck driver, has been charged with three counts of murder and theft following the brutal murders of 45-year-old receptionist, Jane Govindsamy and her daughters, 22-year-old Denisha, and 16-year-old Nikita, a grade 11 pupil at Rydal Park Secondary, on September 20, 2018.
Their bodies were discovered at their Longcroft home by husband and father, Sagren Govindsamy.
During the pre-trial conference in the Durban High Court on Thursday, Gounden cited a conflict of interest as the reason for his withdrawal.
The victims, Nikita, Denisha and Jane Govindsamy, who were brutally killed in their home.
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Pillay has declined legal aid representation and told the court that his family will help arrange for the services of a private attorney for the trial, which will commence from July 29 to August 8.
According to the indictments, Pillay is claiming that he had been involved in an extramarital affair with Govindsamy since 2009.
He suspected that she was involved in another extramarital relationship with someone else and was allegedly unable to accept this. He subsequently decided to kill her.
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Pillay allegedly awaited for Jane and her daughters in their Longcroft house and killed them one at a time as they returned home, stabbing Denisha multiple times in the neck and strangling both Jane and Nikita.
The accused is alleged to have stolen R1, 850 in cash, three Samsung cellular phones and an LG television set and fled the scene.
Pillay was arrested shortly after the murder by W/O Bob Pillay from the Provincial Organised Crime Unit.