Grieving family hopes for justice

The grieving Pillay family believe that had the Emergency Medical Services responded in good time, their 34-year-old son would still be alive.
A distraught Cookie Pillay from Kanai Road, Northdale, is now preparing to bury her only son, Premlin Dasen Pillay, a cable repairman who was stabbed in an altercation on Sunday afternoon.
Cookie said Dasen was with a friend got who got into an argument with another person on the road.
“From what we heard from an eyewitness, Dasen’s friend had interfered with another person and they argued. The person he argued with walked away. However, another person on the road who we believe was under the influence of liquor decided to get involved. He began swearing at Dasen and his friend. The witness told us Dasen told the man the argument was over and there was no need to swear at their mothers. The man went to his house and returned with a knife and his teenage son in tow. The teenager tripped Dasen while his father stabbed him close to his left buttocks. Dasen ran to a family friend’s home. Our friend had seen what happened and opened her gate to let him in and slammed the gate on his attacker.”
The Pillays allege they made numerous phone calls for an ambulance and waited for more than 30 minutes before Dasen’s stepdad was contacted and drove him to Northdale Hospital where he haemorrhaged and died. “The doctors tried their best to save him but he had gone into shock and due to a major artery being struck when he was stabbed, his lung was also pierced. We want to place on record our thanks to the hospital staff who did their best to save our son, and also to officer Stanton Padayachee, the off-duty policeman who apprehended the suspect and took him to Mountain Rise SAPS.”
Jaybalan Pillay, also known as Jaws, appeared at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday where he faced one count of murder. His case was adjourned to August 14 for a bail application. He was remanded in custody to the New Prison.
Shantal Pillay, Dasen’s sister, said, “His loss has left a huge void in our family. My brother loved his family, friends and most especially his nephews, nieces and pets. We are a close-knit family and now we are incomplete without him. He was a quiet and humble person.”
The Pillays hope justice will prevail and that no other family will have to endure a similar loss. “I hope the man who took our son’s life is brought to book.”
Dasen’s funeral will take place on Thursday at his family home in Kanai Road and then proceed to the AS Pillay Hall.
Spokesperson for the KZN Department of Health Ncumisa Mafunda said, the Department wishes to pass its condolences to the family of the deceased. “This matter will be looked into.”

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Keroshini Paltu

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