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Til parole do us part

Husband in 2009 love triangle murder is out on parole while wife still languishes in jail

Logan Govender

While a convicted killer is languishing in prison, her partner in the love triangle murder – her husband – recently walked free from prison.
This is the latest development in the highly publicised 2009 love triangle killing involving the mastermind and fashionista, Kalisha Rajcoomar, 31, her murdered lover and the father of her daughter, Sandesh Pooran, 26, and her killer husband, Amith Sewkurren, 34.
They were convicted a year later.
Rajcoomar and her husband killed her lover, against whom she had a protection order. A close family member of Sewkurren confirmed that he is now a free man.
At the time of the killing, the Sunday Times reported extensively on the murder.  The couple lured Poorun to a hotel, plied him with alcohol and, when he passed out, Sewkarran strangled him.“Amith said I should assist him. I put my hand over his mouth and I tried to hold him away from Amith, and I sat on his back,” Rajcoomar was quoted as saying.
“I put my hand under his mouth and nose. There was blood and froth and no pulse. I became hysterical. I knew he was dead. I was shocked and said: ‘Oh, my God, what have we done?’ repeatedly.”
The couple took Poorun’s body to Bishopstowe, just outside Pietermaritzburg, and burnt it. His remains were found three weeks later.
Sewkurren served seven of the 14-year sentence imposed by Judge Piet Koen in the Pietermaritzburg High Court and was paroled from Sterkfontein Prison in Gauteng.The relative, who asked not to be named, said Sewkurren was living at the family home in Pietermaritzburg and was taking it one day at a time.
Asked whether he was waiting for Rajcoomar – who was jailed for 18 years and is expected to be paroled in 2020 – to rekindle their relationship, the relative said Sewkurren had not mentioned her.
Rajcoomar, who was immaculately dressed and sported different hairstyles during the trial, was transferred from Westville Prison to the Eshowe Prison near Zululand.
After the National Prosecuting Authority and the investigating officer, Captain Pipes Haffejee, said the state had CCTV footage that showed Sewkurren and Rajcoomar stopping at a garage where they purchased a container of fuel and charcoal, they both tendered guilty pleas.The couple claimed that they had killed Poorun because of his continual threats and harassment against them.
It emerged at the trial that Pooran was lured to the Gables Bed and Breakfast near Scottsville Racecourse, under the pretext that Rajcoomar had dumped Sewkurren and that she wanted to rekindle her relationship with him (Pooran).
The judge described the case as a classic tragedy that produced only losers and no winners.
Kalisha’s  mother, Rajesperie Rajcoomar, also confirmed that Amith had been granted parole.Rajcoomar, a Pietermaritzburg resident, said she and her family were keeping their fingers crossed that Kalisha would be a free woman and mother within the next two years.
“In terms of the prison regulations we are allowed four prison visits every month. But because of the travelling distance my family and I visit Kalisha once a month. Her daughter lives with me and is in grade five this year. Kalisha always talks of her and how she misses her. Eight years has come and gone and we are praying that we will be reunited with her by 2020. Kalisha has expressed remorse,” she said.
In the interview with the Sunday Times years ago, Rajcoomar said she regretted what she and her husband – who both attempted suicide after the killing – had done.
“I know that I have to get a sentence. I don’t think I would feel happy to walk free after the crime I committed. It was a stupid plan,” she was quoted as saying.

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