Durban – Days after an unemployed Durban couple made a suicide pact, an “obsessive, jealous” husband allegedly poisoned his wife with a lethal cocktail of anti-freeze and cranberry juice.
Megan Doorasamy, 29, then stayed with the body of his wife, Devashnee Naidoo, 30, for four days at their Berea flat before reporting the incident to the police.
Soon after calling the police, Doorasamy drove to the Durban pier where he contemplated ending his life.
Instead, he handed himself over to authorities at the beachfront tourist protection satellite unit.
He appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday for the murder of Naidoo.
Doorasamy, who recently quit his job as a truck driver, refused bail and opted to remain in custody.
In court it emerged that Naidoo, a former primary school teacher, had died on Monday, July 1, and her body, which was in an advanced stage of decomposition, was discovered on July 5 by police.
The building on the Berea where the couple lived. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency (ANA)
State prosecutor Calvin Govender told the court the accused had admitted he and Naidoo had made a suicide pact. He had allegedly mixed cranberry juice with anti-freeze and given it to Naidoo to drink.
He claimed that when he woke up the next morning, he found her dead, but stayed with her body for four days.
It also emerged in court that Doorasamy had tried to pawn Naidoo’s cellphone.
He told police they made a suicide pact because of financial difficulties. Both of them were unemployed.
He had allegedly made Naidoo quit her job because of his jealous streak, a source told the POST.
No suicide note was found at the scene.
Govender told the court when the police arrived at the flat, they allegedly saw Naidoo’s face had been “beaten up” and the bathroom had been cleaned.
When police poured a “blue star” powder on the floor and shone a fluorescent light on it, they found blood splattered on the floor, the court heard.
Naidoo, a Hare Krishna devotee, met her husband, who was part of the Puntun’s Hill Bhajan group, four years ago.
In November 2017, the couple won a spot on SABC 3’s Married In A Flash, a reality television wedding show where couples who have been in a long term relationship or who are engaged are given R75000 to creatively plan and execute their wedding.
However, they only had three days to organise their special day.
On YouTube, Naidoo posted a video of the wedding where the couple is seen dancing to a live performance of the song Love Is In The Air as they entered their reception venue, dressed in traditional wedding attire.
Naidoo is seen blowing kisses and twirling happily as the audience claps to the music.
On Facebook, the couple posted multiple pictures of themselves together and publicly professed their love for each other.
Doorasamy also posted another picture of their wedding day asking his followers for advice on where he should take his wife for their fourth year anniversary… “Thinking of Amsterdam or Ibiza,” he wrote.
The source claimed Naidoo’s personality had changed after the wedding.
“She became fearful of greeting her friends. He was very possessive over her and did not like her to speak to many people.”
A childhood friend of Naidoo’s, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “She was jovial and like a sister to me. But, she completely changed once she met this guy. He was so jealous and obsessed with her. He even made her leave work because he did not want her to talk to male teachers.”
She said Doorasamy had also left his trucking job recently.
She said the family were beside themselves with grief and Naidoo’s mother was not coping well.
This was the second murder in their family. Naidoo’s father, Roy, was shot dead in a business robbery in Umbilo, Glenwood, in 2001.
Naidoo was the youngest of three siblings.
KZN SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said a case of murder was opened at the Berea police station.
Her funeral is to take place on Wednesday at the Clare Estate Crematorium.
Watch: Teddy Mafia’s son-in-law targeted in Shallcross drive-by shooting
Kesavan Isaac Naidoo, the son-in-law of slain alleged Durban drug boss “Teddy Mafia” has survived a brazen attempted assassination on Wednesday, his family confirmed.
The incident took place at about 10am in Shallcross, south of Durban.
Naidoo, 41, is the son-in-law of Yaganathan Pillay – also known as Teddy Mafia.
He was shot twice in a daylight hit on Table Mountain Drive. The incident was captured on CCTV.
“Isaac was shot in both legs and his driver was shot in the hand. Both of them survived. They’re in hospital,” he said.
Pillay said Naidoo was in the back seat while his wife was in the front. The shooting, seen in the footage, takes place moments after they open the doors of their vehicle to get out.
In the footage, a white vehicle can be seen driving along Table Mountain Drive before it is stopped, partially blocking the left hand side of the road. Thirteen seconds later, Naidoo’s vehicle, a white Toyota Fortuna, pulls up.
The back passenger door of the Fortuner is opened, but it is not clear from the footage who the person was who opened it or if they got out of the vehicle.
Naidoo’s wife is seen getting out of the front passenger side of the vehicle and walks towards the rear of the SUV.
Suddenly, four men alight from the stationary vehicle, three of them drawing firearms and running towards the Fortuner, firing multiple shots. The fourth man stands next to the white car.
As the bullets are fired, Naidoo’s driver accelerates and drives past the other vehicle. Naidoo is presumably in the vehicle as it speeds away, but this could not immediately be confirmed.
Pillay said Naidoo was doing “OK”.
Police have been approached for comment, and this story will be updated.
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) October 13, 2021
Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline
Facebook is currently experiencing an outage impacting its family of sites including WhatsApp and Instagram.
Most Facebook users are seeing an error message that says ‘This site can’t be reached.’ On Instagram, the error message shows as a 5xx Server Error message.
The outage is impacting users on both desktop and mobile.
“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Andy Stone, policy communications manager at Facebook, tweeted on Monday. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
— Facebook (@Facebook) October 4, 2021
Facebook Messenger and Oculus are also experiencing outages.
The first reports on DownDetector.com started around 5pm.
According to The Verge, the issue is likely related to a DNS issue. When Slack experienced an outage last week, it was also related to DNS issues.
Husband killed, wife critical as robbers open fire during Joburg home invasion
A home invasion on Sunday night left a man dead and his wife fighting for her life after they were shot by robbers in Randpark, Johannesburg.
Emer-G-Med private emergency services paramedics found the man had sustained fatal gunshot wounds and he was declared dead.
His wife was also shot several times and was stabilised before being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Reports from the scene indicated there were several armed assailants.
Police are investigating the incident.- TimesLIVE
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