‘Community’ opposes bail
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.