Mar­ried man guilty of lover’s petrol death


A MAR­RIED man who doused his lover with petrol be­fore set­ting her alight, has been found guilty of pre­med­i­tated mur­der.

In the Mtun­zini Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day, Judge Es­ther Steyn con­victed Nilesh Singh, 37, for the mur­der of Tr­isha Naidoo, 26.

In pass­ing judg­ment, Judge Steyn said she found sev­eral ab­nor­mal­i­ties in Singh’s ver­sion of events, which made her re­ject his ev­i­dence about what took place that night.

Dur­ing his trial in Septem­ber, Singh pleaded not guilty. He claimed Naidoo had set her­self on fire be­cause he had threat­ened to leave her. He said when he heard her screams, he tried to help her but her fam­ily in­ter­vened.

Judge Steyn found that Singh was not a good wit­ness and said the ev­i­dence showed his con­duct on the night was ques­tion­able.

“Given the na­ture of your re­la­tion­ship with the de­ceased, I find that your con­duct was ab­nor­mal in that you did noth­ing to as­sist her.”

Judge Steyn said she also found it strange that Singh did not un­lock the door for her fam­ily. They tes­ti­fied they had to force the door open after sev­eral unan­swered calls to Singh.

The judge also ques­tioned why Singh did not call the emer­gency ser­vices after he found Naidoo.

Singh had also told her fam­ily and doc­tors that she had set her­self alight, which Judge Steyn found “odd”. “Why would she say she did it to her­self ? It was clear that the de­ceased did things to please her part­ner and was afraid of him.”

Naidoo was doused with petrol, set alight and locked in a toi­let at her Glen­hills home on Novem­ber 16, 2016.

She suf­fered se­vere burns and died in Stanger Hospi­tal two weeks later.

State pros­e­cu­tor Ch­eryl Naidu said the cou­ple shared an ac­ri­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship. In 2010, Singh is said to have left his wife for Naidoo, who fell preg­nant with their child.

Sen­tenc­ing is ex­pected later this month.


Two years ago, Tr­isha Naidoo died after she was set alight by her part­ner.

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