Nundkumaran Poonusamy Pillay pleaded guilty to the murder of his common-law wife common law wife Dhunalutchmee Naidoo claiming she begged him to end her life.
Naidoo was bedridden, according to neighbours who were interviewed at the time of her death, and Pillay says that he could no longer care for her.
The 69-year-old was found with wound to her throat in their home in Eastbury on 8 April after another resident of Phoenix overheard Pillay tell someone on the phone he had murdered his wife.
Pillay’s legal aid attorney read out a plea statement that outlined exactly what he did on 8 April and what he claims led to the murder.
“She started crying and she told me that she felt bad for everything that she has to put me through every day. She begged me to kill her.
“We both were crying when she asked me to do it,” The Post report.
His attorney told the court how Pillay tried to suffocate his wife with a pillow before fetching a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her in the throat.
“I failed. I didn’t have enough strength and she pushed me off. My wife was a large woman. She told me that she did not want to die like that, she told me that it would be better if I stabbed her and finished her. She begged me to end her suffering. She was crying. I was crying too.
“I never slit her throat. I stayed with her, holding her hand until she took her last breath. I cried as I watched her pass away. After she passed, I kissed her on her forehead and I told her that I loved her. I told her that I will see her soon.”
Pillay said that life was hard for the pair during their 45-year marriage, as they attempted to get by on a combined pension of R3100.
He said that he felt deep regret for what he had done but insisted that the act was not motivated by malice of selfishness.
“We were never financially stable and we own no assets except the clothing and the little furniture. My wife was bedridden for almost three years and I was taking care of her, on my own. I did everything for my wife, I cooked for her, I cleaned the house, I aided her to the toilet, I cleaned her when she had messed herself and the bed. I washed our clothing. I did everything. I didn’t mind taking care of my wife because I loved her, I still do, She was never a burden to me.
“My wife and I would have regular discussions about how hard our lives were and she would often say that she wished that she was dead and continuously asked why God didn’t open the gates for her. Listening to her speak like this used to hurt me. She would continuously say that I must help her, by killing her.
“When I tried to get her treatment she would cry. I did not like to see her cry so I let her be. I regret killing her, after her death, I hardly sleep or eat, I see her every time I close my eyes, I continuously playback the events that happened on that day, I really miss her and I wish I hadn’t listened to her.
“I want people to know that I never killed my wife for myself. My wife was my everything. We had nothing but each other I did what I did not because I was tired of taking care of her, I did what I did because I loved her so much and I wanted to end her suffering,” his statement read.
The case was adjourned for sentencing in May.