Shallcross murder accused abandons bail

The accused...Shaun Pillay.

Thirty-six-year-old Shaun Pillay who is accused of the murder of Veronica Moodley, whose decomposed body was found in her disused car in her Shallcross home, appeared in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court, last Friday.

Pillay abandoned the bail application and was remanded into police custody at the Chatsworth SAPS holding cells. He will appear in the Durban Regional Court on Tuesday, February 7 for sentencing. The accused was believed to be the caregiver for Moodley’s husband, who suffered a stroke in 2015.

Vijayalakshmi Moodley in happier times.

Vijayalakshmi Moodley in happier times.

Moodley’s sister-in-law, Sarah Gopaul said that Pillay should go to prison and face the consequences. “Justice needs to be served. I lost my beautiful sister-in-law and I will never see her again. I just want to let the community know that the rumours being spread about Veronica being found in her underwear is not true. I was there when her body was found and she was fully clothed,” distraught Gopaul said.

Meanwhile, relative of the accused, Gonsamy Pillay said that he also wants justice to prevail and he does not condone what Shaun did.

“Shaun and Veronica lived in the same house and they had a good relationship. She was a pleasant lady and Shaun should face the full wrath of the law,” Gonsamy said.

Moodley was found by a relative in the back seat of a Ford Cortina parked in her yard on January 10.

She was covered with duvets. Pillay was arrested in Chatsworth two weeks after her gruesome death. Before the arrest, he allegedly drove Moodley’s car which was found abandoned outside the Pavilion Hotel in Durban.

Chairman of the Chatsworth Policing Forum, Jakes Singh, who condemned the heinous crime, said that there has been a strong reaction from the community following the brutal murder.

He said, “The community is in uproar and saddened especially because he was known to the deceased. I know the suspect personally for about 10 years and I am surprised by what he did. People need to join and attend the local police sub-forum meetings to get more proactive and know their neighbourhood. Justice should be served and Pillay should face the full might of the law.”

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