Tue. Jul 16th, 2019

Durban man confesses to murdering his bedridden wife

Dickson Naidoo reportedly ended his bedridden wife Dhunalutchmee’s life out of frustration at being unable to care for her.

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A 64-year-old Durban man has confessed to the murder of his bedridden wife whom, he says, he could no longer care for.

Dickson Naidoo turned himself in to Phoenix police station where he reportedly confessed to killing his wife Dhunalutchmee earlier this week. Naidoo allegedly detailed how he had tried to suffocate his wife with a pillow but failed, after that he said he went to the kitchen to fetch a sharp knife and slit her throat.

Naidoo appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court today (12 April) on a charge of murder.

An unnamed source close to the case told The Post: ““He described her as a large woman and said he had been struggling to pick her up or give her bath.

“He said he would bath and feed her but with his frail state, he could no longer perform the duties. He said he had no additional support and was left to care for her on his own. He was fed up”

The victim, Dhunalutchmee, suffered from an unknown disease that had left her unable to get out of bed in the couple’s rented flat in Landbury Place, Eastbury, north-east of Durban.

Neighbour Yvonne Chetty told reporters that Naidoo had approached her to try to put his wife into frail care but Dhunalutchmee refused.

Chetty said: “They were both lovely people but you could see taking care of Dhunalutchmee was taking its toll on him.

“He wanted her to go for treatment to hospital but she refused. She only wanted him to care for her.

“He did everything for her from cooking and cleaning to feeding and bathing her. He sought help from his family but nobody could assist him. On some days he would just come to our home and cry because he felt abandoned and helpless.”

According to sources close to the family, Naidoo claimed that his only son was dead and his daughter was on the run from police for theft leaving him to care for his ailing wife alone.

Chetty said Naidoo came to her home on the day of the incident, initially she was unaware that he had murdered his wife but overheard him tell someone on the phone that he had slit her throat, she then screamed for help.

“He was supposed to take her to the hospital and when I questioned him he said she was already dead,” Chetty told the Post.

“He told me he was going to the Phoenix Plaza and closed my gate. As he walked up my stairs to the road I heard him tell someone on the phone he had slit her throat.”

“The neighbour went to the house and pulled back a curtain via an open window only to find Dhunalutchmee was dead. She had a deep wound across her neck and there was blood everywhere.

“I’ve known him for so many years. He really loved her and she loved him. They only had each other but he could not cope with the stress.”

Police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala said a case of murder is being investigated.

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