Rackelle and Denisha Govindasamy with their mother, Jane. Picture: Supplied
Rackelle and Denisha Govindasamy with their mother, Jane. Picture: Supplied

Expert expected to link DNA on Phoenix triple murder suspect's clothing to victims

By Jolene Marriah -Maharaj Time of article published Aug 5, 2019

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Durban - A DNA expert from Pretoria is expected to testify at the murder trial of triple murder accused Colin Pillay. The expert is expected to link DNA recovered from the suspect's clothing to Phoenix mother Jane Govindsamy,45, and her daughters Nikita and Denisha. 

Earlier on Monday Colonel Fazal Rajak from Phoenix SAPS told the court that he had seized the clothing (a jeans and jacket) that the accused had been wearing on the night of the murders. 

Pillay, 46, a tow-truck driver, has been charged with the September 2018 murders of Govindsamy and her daughters.  He has also been charged with theft. 

He has pleaded not guilty to all four counts. He told the court that he was gambling and fishing on the night of the murders. 

On Friday Pillay did a pointing out at a park in Phoenix where he allegedly gambled. He initially told the court that he had been going to Phoenix Plaza but later changed his story saying he had been at a park. 

Investigating officer Bob Billay, a police photographer; State Advocate Cheryl Naidu and Pillay's legal aid attorney accompanied the accused to the pointing out. 

The trial, which started last week, has been set down for the rest of the week. 

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