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Pietermaritzburg - The teen accused of the brutal murder of his 17-year-old girlfriend is suffering from depression and has lost a lot of weight while in prison awaiting trial.
This emerged on Wednesday at the bail application of Claudius Chetty, 18, when the case was adjourned for the State to verify whether he had seen a psychiatrist while in prison.
Chetty is charged with the murder of Rashmika Janthielayal, who was stabbed to death at the Further Education and Training (FET) college campus in Northdale on June 3.
She was stabbed in the face, neck and chest on a stairway, and died on the scene as paramedics tried to resuscitate her.
Chetty fled the campus but was arrested later that day.
The teen has indicated that he intends pleading not guilty to the charge.
In a supplementary affidavit to the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on Wednesday, in support of his bail application, Chetty revealed that before his arrest he weighed 110kg, but lost a total of 46kg in the space of four months while in prison.
He said he has been depressed since his incarceration and was put on medication, including valium and anti-depressants.
Chetty claims that being in prison is causing him irreparable harm and distress.
In the affidavit Chetty also addressed a pending charge of assault against him. This occurred four months before the murder.
The alleged victim in that case is his mother’s former boyfriend, Rajendran Pillay.
Chetty claims that Pillay was abusing his mother.
On the day of the incident, he witnessed his mother and brother being assaulted by Pillay, and he intervened.
“I pushed him away and he fell to the ground. I also punched him out of anger,” Chetty said.
The State is opposing Chetty’s bail application.
The case has been adjourned to October 11.