Eleven years after his wife Monika Manilall was brutally shot dead in her Howick West home, her killer husband, Sunesh, met a similar fate, but at his own hand, on Monday night, July 24.
In what some described as a “cowardly act” and others termed a “tragedy”, Manilall, apparently chose to shoot himself rather than go to jail for the rest of his life, The Witness reported on Wednesday.
He was due to be served with a notice to surrender himself to the authorities to start serving his jail term on Tuesday, NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara confirmed.
After learning the net was closing in on him Manilall went into the yard of the family home, which he shared with his parents, his third wife and his three children (two born of his marriage with Monika), and shot himself shortly after 20:00.
Residents living near Manilall’s home told The Witness on Tuesday they did not hear any shooting.
However, one neighbour said he knew something was up when he saw the flickering red lights of an ambulance and blue police lights pull up at Manilall’s house, but he did not go to investigate.
Another said: “Apparently his [Manilall’s] lawyer called him to tell him that he will have to surrender to prison today [on Tuesday] and rather than do that, he went into the yard and shot himself.”
“He took the easy route out. It was a cowardly thing to do, but we were frankly not surprised and at the end of the day justice has been served,” Suren Ramjas told The Witness.
“If you do the crime you must be prepared to do the time,” he added.
His sister, Ashika, said though sad for Manilall’s children and the trauma they had to endure, she would not shed tears for him.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said in reply to an inquiry about Manilall’s shooting an inquest docket had been opened in connection with the case.
“No foul play is suspected,” she said.
SOURCE NEWS 24