Written by Danica Hansen and Debbie Perumal
DURBAN – The Shahil Sewpujun murder trial has been postponed till Wednesday, September 7, after both the accused, Kavitha Naicker and Rajwanthi Haripersadh, appeared before Judge Dhanna Pillay at the Durban High Court today.
The start of the trail of the two women who allegedly brutally murdered 9-year-old Shahiel Sewpujun last year was scheduled to commence this morning at the Durban High Court, but the case has been postponed, due to the accused’s legal representation withdrawing from the case. Reasons for the withdrawal are unknown at this stage.
Family and supporters of the Sewpujun family arrived at court to witness the appearance of the accused before the judge. Shahiel’s father, Mohammed Shaheer said that he was there because he wanted fairness in the trial as well as justice and closure, in the sense that he wanted to see the accused admitting to the crime and showing remorse for what they did to his son. “The legal team’s decision to withdraw is to be expected. No one really wants to take on their case. My heart says forgive them but my head says they must be punished to set an example for the community. But there is no punishment fit for what they did to my son,” he said.
The stoic accused appeared in court with their heads down, avoiding the stares of those around them. Family supporter, Pst Mervyn Reddy said that he would continue to support the family till the end. “I can clearly remember the campaign started just over a year ago together with Glen and his team when our baby Shahiel went missing. Let us all unite through prayer and ask God for justice to prevail for our beloved Baby Shahiel,” he said.
Shahiel Sewpujun (9) went missing in December last year, and his body was later found mangled in a manhole. His aunt, Kavita Naicker and her mother, Rajwanthi Haripersadh, were arrested for his murder. The two had allegedly attempted to commit suicide by drinking brake fluid days after the murder as committed.