Murder is obviously in the air around athlete Oscar Pistorius, following earlier news that his brother was in a murder trial, and now this.
Last week, the judge who granted bail to Oscar Pistorius was in the international spotlight, presiding over dramatic hearings in a courtroom as the Olympic athlete sat in the dock charged with murdering his girlfriend. This week, the judge is in private mourning.
Desmond Nair, chief magistrate of the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, confirmed Tuesday that he is related to a woman suspected of killing her two children and committing suicide on the weekend.
The revelation was the latest twist in the saga of Pistorius and prominent figures linked to the case against the double-amputee athlete, who faces a charge of premeditated murder in the Feb. 14 shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model who appeared in a television reality show.
The bodies of a woman and her two sons were found Sunday evening at their Johannesburg home by her ex-husband, police Warrant Officer Balan Muthan said. Authorities suspect the woman administered a substance that killed her children, and took her own life by ingesting it as well.
“I can confirm the deceased is my first cousin,” Nair told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
The woman’s brother, Vishal Maharaj, identified her as Anusha Maharaj. Police said Maharaj was her family name before she married. South African media identified her as Anusha Mooljee.