South Africa - Durban - 29 July 2019 - The trial for triple murder accused Colin Pillay begin in the Durban High Court on Monday the 29 July 2019. Pillay, 46, has been charged with three counts of murder and theft. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency(ANA)
Durban - All eyes are on the Durban High Court on Monday as Phoenix triple murder accused Colin Pillay starts the first day of his testimony. 

Pillay, 46, a tow truck driver, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Phoenix mother Jane Govindasamy and her two daughters Nikita, 16, and Denisha, 22. in September 2018. 

He told the court that he had been in a relationship with Jane for about nine years and would spend the night at her home when her husband Sagren Govindasamy worked the 10pm to 6am shift. 

Pillay also told the court that he had also been in a relationship with another woman named Wendy Moodley for about 13 years. 

He said Moodley and him lived together in Closemore in Phoenix.

Pillay said Denisha and Nikita were his friends and were aware of the relationship between him and their mother; and was there when he spent the night. 

On the day of the murder Pillay said he had spent time at a car wash and thereafter he gambled by candle light at a park near Jane's home before heading to his home. 

The trial continues. 

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