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Monday, 8 September 2008

Friends grieve for slain KZN family

from IOL / Daily News

By Heinz de Boer

Flowers laid on the driveway and a photograph showing a group of smiling boys in school uniform were the sombre reminder of the grisly murder of the Sham family in their Dulwich Road, Stamford Hill, home.

"It was an honour, my friend - Jaryd", is written at the bottom of the black and white picture, which hangs from the gate behind which the family was tied up and robbed on Friday.

Done with their victims, the four men, who had apparently gained access through the back fence, slit the throat of each of the family members.

There has been an outpouring of grief and anger after the murder of Naren Sham, 56, a city attorney, retired teacher, Meera, 56, and their third year UKZN law student son, Kavir, 20.

Friends gathered at the home on Sunday to pray for the family. Among those was the man tasked to find the killers, Detective Inspesctor Mukesh Panday of the organised crime unit.

Crime scene experts flown in from Pretoria to help unravel the mystery. The experts will find out how four armed men broke into the fortress-like house which is secured by an electric fence, high walls, an armed response company and permanent security guard.

Once inside, the men used cable ties to bind the Shams and their domestic worker, who was forced into another room. The family then had their throats slit before the men broke into a safe, police spokesperson, Superintendent Jay Naicker, said.

The domestic worker managed to open a separate door with her chin and attract the attention of the security guard.

The guard alerted the Sham's son-in-law, Neeraj Ramnarain, who lives in a separate home on the property. Police now hope to discover more through the forensic investigation. Anyone with information can contact Panday at 082 376 2590. The funerals will be held at the Clare Estate Crematorium on Monday.

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