Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of the remains of a Brooklyn woman believed to have been killed by her husband.
It has almost been two months since Prem Emmanuel Basdeo (58) reported his wife Dawn Basdeo (57) “missing” at the Brooklyn police station on 8 June, in what police believed was a ruse after he killed her.
He was later arrested and charged with her murder but the police were yet to locate her body.
Basdeo told the police that Dawn had gone to a local hospital for blood tests and never returned.
During his bail application in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court last Thursday, magistrate Disiree Stigling said the state had enough evidence to suggest Basdeo was involved in his wife’s disappearance.
She ruled that he had failed to prove exceptional circumstances existed to warrant his release on bail.
Investigating officer Warrant Officer Frank Radue had told the court Basdeo deliberately gave the police misleading information including three contradictory statements.
He also said while the police were searching a field where Dawn’s Mercedes-Benz had been found, Basdeo had grown increasingly agitated and insisted they leave.
He said that evening, a witness had told the police Basdeo returned to the field carrying a white bag.
Prosecutor Kagisho Rancho said, “cellphone [GPS] also confirms he was there”.
The police said in one of the statements Basdeo confessed to disposing of Dawn’s body after she fell and died in the bathroom during an argument.
Basdeo and his son Jordon stood trail in Durban 14 years ago for the murder of Basdeo’s first wife, Neetha who was found dead in a shipping container the family lived in while their home was being renovated.
The pair was later acquitted due to a lack of evidence.
Rancho said Basdeo inherited a substantial amount of money from Neetha’s death and stood to inherit almost R4-million from Dawn’s death.
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