Gada killing accused 'fit for trial'

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Copy of nd kandasamy 09 Daily News Rajan Kandasamy.

Durban - Three psychologists have declared a man who allegedly beat his wife and two teenage children to death fit to stand trial.

Prosecutor Lolly Soobramoney told the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court in Durban that Rajan Kandasamy was fit to stand trial according to the opinion of three psychologists, identified in court only as Dr Dunn, Dr Moodley, and Professor Mkhize.

The case against Kandasamy was postponed to June 24 for a formal bail hearing.

Kandasamy allegedly used a gada - a traditional Indian mace carried by the Hindu god Hanuman - to kill his wife Varsha and their two teenage children, aged 18 and 17.

Their bloodied and battered bodies were found in the family's home on December 29.

Family friends had called police after they failed to attend a memorial service.

Kandasamy was handed over to police by his relatives on New Year's eve.

Kandasamy has been in custody ever since and spent a period of time at Fort Napier, the province's primary mental institution, for observation.

Unlike previous court appearances, when there had been protests outside the court and the courtroom packed with press, family and friends, Monday's appearance was a muted affair with only six people in the public gallery.

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