Crime & Court

Double Homicide: Retired Couple Found Dead; Fear Grips Sigatoka Residents

Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, said the discovery was made by the victims’ caretaker.
03 Feb 2021 09:21
Double Homicide: Retired Couple Found Dead; Fear Grips Sigatoka Residents
The home of retired couple, Sesha Reddy and wife Mirdu Chandra in Korokoro, Sigatoka, on February 2, 2021. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Residents of Korokoro in Sigatoka are living in fear after an elderly couple were found dead in their home.

The gruesome discovery has shattered the peace and tranquility of this laidback rural community.

Retired couple, Sesha Reddy and wife Mirdu Chandra, had settled in the United States of America (USA) but travelled to Fiji regularly to take care of some business interests.

Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, said the discovery was made by the victims’ caretaker.

Forensic officers were at the scene yesterday trying to establish the possible cause of death. Was this a case of a robbery gone wrong because the house had been burgled before while they were away overseas according to some residents?

Mr Reddy was known to be a real estate developer and owned about 110 acres of land in the area.

A close family friend, Abhnesh Singh, 43 said Mr Reddy and Ms Chandra were usually travelling abroad.

Mr Singh said he had known the couple for about three years.

“They were friends of my father and he was like a father to me,” said Mr Singh.

“Whenever they would go overseas, they would give me the keys, I drop them at the airport. I used to live at their home sometimes.”

He said the couple, who were in their 60s had two children who lived abroad.

Mr Singh said he was notified by a close family member that the home belonging to Mr Reddy seemed unusual.

He claimed, the home had been robbed about four times.

“This morning (yesterday morning) when I went to town I saw two of the housegirls sitting by the gate.

“When I came back from town they were still sitting there,” he said.

“Someone called me and said something was wrong at the home because whenever there is a break in, they always called me.

“I feel so sorry for them.

“He didn’t want to interfere with anyone. He always treated me like a son. It’s a very sad thing to happen.”

He said he had always advised Mr Reddy to get a watchman because their home was isolated.

A man who lived in the area and wished to remain anonymous said he heard that the bodies of the couple were found in the same room, the woman on the bed and the man on the floor.

Ms Naisoro said a post-mortem would be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.

Investigations into this continue.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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