‘Com­mu­nity’ op­poses bail

Sunday Tribune - - TRA VEL - JA­NINE MOODLEY and CHARLENE SOMDUTH

A CON­CERNED Phoenix res­i­dent, who is also an MP, has sub­mit­ted an af­fi­davit to se­nior pub­lic prose­cu­tor San Barthu on be­half of the com­mu­nity out­lin­ing the rea­sons why triple mur­der ac­cused Colin Pil­lay should not re­ceive bail.

MP Omie Singh is hop­ing his writ­ten sub­mis­sion will be read out at Pil­lay’s next court ap­pear­ance on Novem­ber 28.

Pil­lay, who ap­peared be­fore the Veru­lam Mag­is­trate’s Court on Thurs­day, aban­doned his bail ap­pli­ca­tion af­ter his at­tor­ney, Chris Gounden, said they were un­able to go ahead as they are await­ing state­ments Pil­lay had made to po­lice.

Pil­lay, 45, faces three counts of pre­med­i­tated mur­der and one of rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances.

The charges are for the mur­ders of Jane Govin­d­samy, 45, an em­ployee at a lo­gis­tics com­pany, and her daugh­ters Den­isha, 22, and Rack­elle, 16, a Grade 11 pupil at Ry­dal Park Sec­ondary School.

Their bod­ies were found by their fa­ther, Sa­gren Govin­d­samy, at their home in Longcroft, Phoenix, on Septem­ber 21.

In his af­fi­davit, Singh stated that he was man­dated by sev­eral out­raged mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to op­pose bail, based on the se­ri­ous­ness of the charges the ac­cused faced, and that Pil­lay could pos­si­bly in­ter­fere with or in­tim­i­date State wit­nesses.

“It would not be in the in­ter­ests of jus­tice that the ac­cused re­ceive bail,” claimed Singh.

He said he had been as­sist­ing the fam­ily since the in­ci­dent.

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