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By unknown | Sep 15, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Eight people have been arrested in connection with the gruesome murders last week of a Newcastle businesswoman and her daughter.

Three of the men have already been charged with double murder, police said.

Ranjini Narainsamy, 47, was strangled and her daughter Hegendhri, 12, was hanged. Police said they suspected that the mother and daughter were sexually assaulted before being killed, but this would only be confirmed once the postmortem results were released.

The woman's husband, Selvan, was away on business in Taiwan. He returned as soon as he heard the news. He praised the police for acting quickly and making an early arrest.

Police spokesman Shooz Magudulela said the Newcastle dog and organised crime units followed a tip-off on Thursday. All the suspects were arrested on the same day.

"Seven suspects were arrested in the Osizweni area. The eighth suspect was arrested in nearby Dannhauser in possession of an unlicensed firearm," said Magudulela.

Magudulela said police went to a house at Osizweni and found five suspects watching a plasma TV allegedly stolen from the slain family's home.

"Police investigations led them to two other suspects, who were found in a Toyota Tazz belonging to the family," he said.

They told police where the other suspects were hiding and also revealed where the family's stolen items were kept.

Police recovered two home theatre systems, two TVs, a pistol, a VCR and computer.

Three of the suspects were allegedly involved in a series of murders in Newcastle and its surrounding areas.

Police are investigating claims that one of the suspects is a former employee of the family.

The suspects will appear in court today.


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