The accused wearing a re-breather shortly after collapsing before arriving in the courtroom.
The 45-year-old man arrested for the triple murder of Jane Govindsamy and her daughters, Rackelle and Denisha, at their home in Longcroft, appeared in court for his formal bail application on Tuesday.
As the public and distraught father, who found his family murdered, entered the courthouse awaiting the accused, a commotion broke out.
The accused, before being brought out to the court collapsed. As the court waited, an ambulance was called in and paramedics assessed the accused who was treated for an anxiety attack.
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Paramedics put the accused on a drip and monitored his vitals until he was ready to appear 30 minutes later.
The victims in happier times.
The accused is suspected to be responsible for the murder of the 44-year-old woman and her daughters, aged 16 and 22, at their home in Tashveer Gardens in Longcroft.
Police and security forces swarmed the building on Friday morning when the corpse of the mother and her youngest daughter was found strangled in the lounge by the father when he returned from night shift.
The 22-year-old daughter who was initially believed to be missing was later discovered in a wardrobe with a fatal stab wound. The accused was arrested later on Friday night.
Magistrate, Irfaan Khalil remanded the matter to Wednesday, October 3.
The accused was being held at Phoenix SAPS but alleges to have suffered physical abuse. The defence attorney, Mr Gounden, stated that the Phoenix police station also lacked the facilities required for caring for the accused’s heart condition.
The accused and his defence attorney also requested a copy of the statement the accused made to police. They allege the accused was coerced into signing it.
Magistrate Khalil denied the accused’s request for the statement but approved that he will be moved to Westville Prison while his bail application is underway.
Some of the demonstrators outside the courthouse, chanting for the accused’s bail to be denied.
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The courthouse all the while was surrounded by demonstrators brandishing signs and chanting, ‘No bail for the killer’ and ‘Crime must fall’.
Among the demonstrators was KZN MPL for the DA, George Mari, who said, “The DA has come out today to support the call for no bail for this killer. The SAPS are to be commended for their quick response and subsequent arrest, however, it’s high time the courts take stronger action against those who commit crimes such as murder, rape and trafficking. Violence against women, children and the elderly has escalated to such a degree that the only recourse is more serious repercussions. The DA as an organisation would also like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Mr Govender and the family members.”
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