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Blog 58 – Buddy and Me (18th November 2011)

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  • Tips by ‘Rape Wise’ – ‘Eye on the child – A Safety and Protection Manual’ A MUST read by all parents – Blog 55
  • To see the ‘Buddy and Me’ scheduled itinerary details for the period 30th August – 4th October 2011 see blog 50
  • To read the shocking details of the Upington horror story – The Hynie Dick Story – regarding the ‘Upington savage pedophile’ see blog 35
  • To read details of the ‘savage’ the police are looking for in connection with the rape of a 3 year little girl, see blog 39
  • To read the heart breaking story by a mother (Cathy Kenney) of the rape of  her 3 year-old daughter see blog 38
  • To read the storey of Natasha who at 10 years-of age was brutally raped and murdered and after serving a very short portion of his sentence, the ‘State’ wants to release the savage who did it, from prison, see blog 10 (November 2010)
  • To read ‘Birds’ story about her incredible courage to face her ‘step-father’ who she looked up to and loved as a ‘father’ who abused her and her love, as told by her mother – Elise – see blog 42

 

On the 7th August 1995 Devapregasen Munsamy, a piece of human garbage, was convicted and sentenced to 60 years for the rape and brutal murder of 10 year-old Natasha Sukdeo. Now a mere 16 years later, the State, our South African government system, in the form of the Correctional Services Parole Board, believes that he has “suffered enough” and is insistent on releasing him back into society to do the same thing to yet another innocent child.

Perhaps our esteemed government and their system should consider the fact that this piece of human waist brutally took away the life of an innocent small child, depriving her the opportunity of becoming ‘someone special’ and took away her mothers chance of watching her baby girl grow up and become ‘someone special’, unlike the piece of garbage he proved to his mother and father he is.

Here then is Natasha’s mother’s story and plea to the esteemed Minister of Correctional Services to keep this piece of garbage in jail.

It has been confirmed that the parole board hearing for his release will be heard on the 24th November 2011 (6 days time).

I, as I am sure you as parents and law abiding citizens of South Africa do, hope that sense and justice prevails and that he is kept in jail to rot like the piece of garbage he is.

The Chairperson/ Minister of Correctional Services

Correctional Supervision and Parole Board

Regional Prison Services

Dear Sir/Madam

Representation to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board

I am a 45 year old female living in Bayview, Chatsworth.

I am the mother of the victim in the case in which Mr Devapregasen Munsamywas sentenced to 60 years for the abduction, rape, torture and murder on 07/08/1995 in Durban High Court in case no:

The possible release of the offender should be considered with due cognisance of the impact which this crime has had on me and my family. I would like to deal with the impact under the following headings:

EMOTIONAL

He robbed Natasha of the following:

  • Her entire childhood was taken away, her future, her possible children and their children were removed from the face of the earth.
  • She was robbed of reaching puberty and having a boyfriend and her first innocent kiss.
  • She was robbed of falling in love and knowing the joy of dating.
  • She was robbed of knowing what it was like to go to high school and getting through Matric and going to Tech or University. 
  • She never had the chance of having her first dance or the thrill of a wedding or the joy of motherhood.

 

He robbed her mother of the following:

  • I was robbed of seeing my child reach maturity and of any possible grandchildren she would have given me.
  • I was robbed of witnessing the joys of seeing her grow up and reach the above mentioned milestones.
  • I have suffered from severe depression related to the murder and required regular hospitalizations and traumacounselling for about 5 years after the incident.
  • I also required sexual counselling for years as I was unable to be intimate with my husband as a result of what was said in court about the sexual perversions that were inflicted on my innocent child, which almost led to the breakdown of my marriage to a wonderful man who had taken in Natasha and Jennifer as his own daughter’s and didn’t deserve to be treated like he was a sexual pervert in his own home by his own spouse.
  • He also suffered the trauma of being named as a possible suspect because he was her stepfather and his whole life was invaded and investigated, which led to further marital problems between us which required marital counselling.
  •  I still suffer with severe depression and psychosomatic illness around Natasha’s birthday and in the weeks leading up to and after the anniversary of her trauma.
  • Despite receiving counselling, I still suffer with post-traumatic stress symptoms like having flashbacks to the incidents surrounding the circumstances around Natasha’s death and the trial, severe anxiety and insomnia, severe mood swings and also become incapacitated by blinding headaches and nausea at times of stress related to this incident, to the point where I am unable to go to work or take care of my family and sometimes have to be hospitalized.
  • I am currently medicated on chronic antidepressants, (Fluoxetine and Valium), but they do not seem to be having the desired effect.

He robbed her siblings of the following:

  • They were robbed of having the joy of having a big sister to go through the experiences of life with them.
  • They were robbed of having future nephews or nieces from her.
  • They were robbed of having a normal life unmarred by her tragic, gruesome and horrific death and had to constantly have their lives disrupted by reporters, curious people who asked questions of them that they were unable to answer and questioning from peers and school friends.
  • Theyhad to grow up with parents whose lives were wracked by pain and torture knowing that their baby girl had lost her innocence and her life in the most cruel, barbaric and horrific way.
  • They had to contend with a mother who, for years was lost in a cloud of depression and as a result their upbringing had to be done by their older sister who was only 8 years old at that time.
  • They were deprived of a mother who had to be hospitalised on numerous occasions for depression related psychosomatic illnesses every time that it was Natasha’s birthday or the anniversary month of her death.
  • They had to live with parents who live with mortal fear every time the girls have to leave home for any reason.
  • Jennifer at 8 years, was old enough to require counselling at the time of the murder, but due to financial constraints she was only counselled by child welfare, church counsellors and General Practioners and to this day she still suffers the emotional scars of the responsibilities placed on her due to the trauma of the murder and the devastation that her mother suffered that rendered her incapable of being able to care for her family. Responsibilities that NO 8 year old child should have to deal with.

Mediation between family and perpetrator:

In all the years since this has happened the perpetrator has never attempted to make contact with the family in any way to explain his actions or apologise for what he did and his family continues to harass us to this day. They live 3 doors away from us and despite the trauma of continuously being subjected to their harassment; we have been unable to move away due to the lack of finances.

He says that he is sorry about what he did, but he showed no remorse or fear when he told everyone at the court hearings of how his friend raped and tortured Natasha and then how he raped and tortured my innocent child himself even though he could see how scared and traumatised she was.

He never tried in any way to stop his friend or himself from doing what they did, watched while his friend raped and tortured her despite reporting that she pleaded with him for help. He was prepared to tell everyone about his part in it so he could use it against his friend to get an easier sentence.

As a result of him changing his story so many times to suit his needs, his accomplice in the crime managed to get away scot free on a technicality after he turned state’s witness.

This shows that that he did not really have any remorse for his horrific crime, but was just trying to help himself.

He also stated that he was high on drugs when he did all these things to Natasha, then how did he come to my door, look me in the eye and say that he saw her going to the tuck-shop and offer his services to help us in assisting to form a search party to look for the child, knowing that they had her locked up in the cellar. If he was so drugged up, how did he know how to fool the community for 3 days while going back and raping and torturing her again and again.

It shows that they knew exactly what they were doing and how to cover it up. If they were high on drugs when they were committing the crime, how did they remember the details of what they did, who did what, when to go and come as they pleased and who to speak to in order that he could get a much more lenient sentence.

He has not once in all these years seen fit to attempt to answer all the questions I have as to the exact extent that they hurt my child, leaving me with unanswered questions and to fill in the gaps with my own imagination. The scenarios that go on in my head are endless, leaving me traumatized with the endless possibilities and depths of trauma that she must have endured.

PHYSICAL

What are the implications for our family if he is released:

This man does not deserve to be set free. A family can only deal with a certain amount of devastation.

So how much of time justifies all these losses to not only Natasha but to the rest of her family.

How much of time justifies a sweet innocent 10 year old girl being raped, tortured and sodomised and forced to perform oral sex at knifepoint and being beaten to a pulp and having her bones broken from the beating?

How much of time justifies a child being held for 3 terrifying days, with her raped and torn body and broken bones fearing what was coming next?

How can anybody add the mortal fear of this monster coming back and attacking one of our other three daughters or our granddaughter to what we have already been through?

If this man is let out, how do we know that if he marries and/or has children they won’t also be psychopaths?

It is clear that he has no remorse when one looks at the facts that together with his friend:

  1. He abducted Natasha at knifepoint and repeatedly raped, sodomized and beat her till her bones were broken
  2. Kept her in a basement, stuffed  in a hole cut out in the base of a bed, with  a mattress over it  with barely any space to breathe, unable to move because he had broken her hands and legs, and no-one to hear her screams
  3. Kept her starved of water and food with no toilet facilities for three days
  4. Led the search party and diverted attention away from the crime scene, knowing that she was still alive. (NB. Please note that the post mortem revealed that she was murdered 3 days after her abduction).
  5. Murdered her and then dumped her body away from the crime scene to help them get away from the crime.
  6. He never admitted guilt at the time of the murder and was only caught because an that an investigating officer noticed the blood on his shoe.

 

All the above facts show that this heinous crime against an innocent 10 year old was an intelligent premeditated crime of rape, sodomy and torture with an elaborate, extensive cover up.

That alone makes one wonder if any child of any age can be safe with a psychopathic individual being let loose in any community.

FINANCIAL

Natasha was not the only victim of this crime but her family were also victims of the pain and horror that followed. What happened changed everyone and their lives. They were all robbed of their normal pain free lives that they would have had if he had not done what he did to Natasha.

And the biggest irony of it all is that technically her parents, as Taxpayers in this country paid for all his medical bills, education and food for the last 16 years.

Who paid for their medical bills for the psychologists and for the repeated hospitalizations throughout these 16 years?

Who has compensated Natasha’s siblings for all the income lost from their mother not being able to work because she underwent several breakdowns and had to be hospitalized?

Who is compensating them for all the money that was spent on psychologists, doctor’s and medication throughout the years since the tragedy occurred, when this money could have helped to further the other children’s education or relocate the family to a place where there were no constant reminders of what had happened to Natasha.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POSSIBLE PLACEMENT CONDITIONS

How can anyone say that being locked up for 15 years with a roof over his head, 3 meals a day, a free education, free medical care and free psychiatric help, justifies what he did to Natasha?

How can anyone say that there is justice in him being able to lead a full normal life that he has deprived so many other people of?

How can anyone say that this justifies what he did to her family?

So ideally he should not be released, however, if parole is inevitable, the following should be taken into consideration:

  • He says that drugs caused him to do what he did to Natasha, how is anyone going to guarantee that he will not start taking drugs again outside of prison, so he should be subjected to regular drug testing.
  • What if he has to get involved in the wrong company again and starts doing terrible things again, so his contact with people should also be monitored.
  • If he is so sorry and is not considered a dangerous person anymore then why was his family or friends threatening our family while we were doing the petitions to keep him in prison? If released, there should be restrictions in place, protecting our family form any kind of harassment or contact with him or his family and friends.
  • He raped, sodomised, molested, beat and murdered a child, which puts him in the category of a PAEDOPHILE, and if released into the custody of his family, it places him on the perfect predatory ground to feed his perversions because the Primary school in the area is only 2 kms away from their home.
  • He is in the prime of his youth now and has not been exposed to the temptation of having young girls around him while being incarcerated. There is a huge possibility that like any other addict, a paedophile is addicted to sex with children, and once exposed to the objects of his addiction, he may not be able to resist the temptation, which would then leave more innocent children at risk of his continued perversion.

All the above facts show that this heinous crime against an innocent 10 year old was an intelligent premeditated crime of rape, sodomy and torture with an elaborate, extensive cover up.

That alone makes one wonder if any child of any age can be safe with a psychopathic individual being let loose in any community.

With all due respect, one has to wonder if the depth of justice guarantees the safety of any child in our area should he be paroled. The government wants so much to protect the rights of children but in actual fact the children are being let down and abandoned to perpetrators like this who think they can rape, torture and murder innocent little children. These children are supposed to be the future of our country, but sadly sometimes the law is guilty of  letting down not only Natasha but every other child out there.

COMMENTS

Our endeavours to prevent the release of this prisoner, are not directed at obtaining compensation despite all the trauma our family has been through but rather is a fight to obtain better justice for all other children regardless of gender, race, religion, nationality, who have been through similar ordeals and to prevent any other children from being exposed to this kind of atrocity in any possible way.

Our dedication to finding justice for all can be traced to our efforts of pairing up with Steve from THE Buddy and Me Foundation for which Natasha is now the poster child and our national and international email petition to increase awareness about these kinds of crime.

Kind regards

__________________                                                        _________________

Sharon (Thavamonie) Jeenabhai                                                                         Date signed

Caring regards from

‘Buddy (The Beach Buggy)

And

Me’ (Steve Heath)

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