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Series of murders leaves Indian in SA shaken

india Updated: Sep 07, 2008 14:03 IST

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South Africans of Indian origin are in a state of shock and disbelief following a series of brutal murders, the latest being that of a prominent Durban attorney, his wife and teenage son.

Fifty-six-year-old Naren Sham, his wife Meer, also 56, and their son, Kavir (20) were found dead with their throats slit at their home in the city early on Saturday.

Police spokesperson, Superintendent Jay Naicker, said in an interview today that four men managed to sneak into the Sham residence even though the property was fenced with high walls with a security guard on duty.

"The man bound the three with cable ties and stuck duck- tape over their mouths," said Naicker.

"The domestic worker was also bound and put in a different room in the house. They slit the throats of their victims and then broke into a safe and fled with jewellery, cash and other valuables. After they left, the domestic worker managed to open the house door with her chin and alert the security guard," said Naicker.

A family spokesperson, Anand Nepaul, said the Shams' daughter and son-in-law, Ramnarain, were in a state of shock.

"We are waiting for the police to complete their investigations. These murders have taken their toll on the family."

The murder of Sham family follows recent murders of a prominent Durban jeweller Pat Pather, 64, and 36-year-old father of two, Reggie Pillay, in the town of Verulam, north of Durban.