Triple mur­der: time­line of events

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ON SEPTEM­BER 21, Jane Govin­dasamy, 45, and her daugh­ters, Den­isha, 22, and Rack­elle, 16, were founded mur­dered at their Phoenix home. This is how the se­quence of events were ad­dressed on so­cial me­dia:

Septem­ber 21: Phoenix Crime Watch, which is run by the pri­vate se­cu­rity com­pany KZN VIP, broke the news of a dou­ble mur­der.

Shortly there­after, it con­firmed a third per­son was found.

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Septem­ber 22: Re­ports emerged on Face­book that a 45-year-old mur­der ac­cused, who was known to the fam­ily, had been traced and ar­rested dur­ing the evening of Septem­ber 21.

He was due to ap­pear in the Veru­lam Mag­is­trate’s Court on Septem­ber 25.

Septem­ber 23: The Min­is­ter of Po­lice, Bheki Cele, vis­ited the crime scene and met the griev­ing fam­ily.

Septem­ber 25: The mur­der sus­pect ap­peared in the Veru­lam Mag­is­trate’s Court to ap­ply for bail.

The case was ad­journed. Later that evening, the di­rec­tor of KZN VIP, Glen Naidoo, sent out an ur­gent ap­peal to Phoenix res­i­dents to stop shar­ing pic­tures and videos re­lat­ing to the crime scene on so­cial me­dia. He said it would com­pro­mise the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Septem­ber 26: The fu­neral no­tice of the mother and her two daugh­ters was posted with many of­fer­ing their mes­sages of con­do­lences.

Septem­ber 29: The fu­neral was held at Faith Re­vival Cen­tre in Phoenix.

Oc­to­ber 3: The ac­cused, iden­ti­fied as Colin Pillay, made his se­cond ap­pear­ance in the Veru­lam Mag­is­trate’s Court.

His case was ad­journed to Oc­to­ber 11 for a bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

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