Woman to appear in court for murder of top Durban surgeon

Murdered orthopaedic surgeon Dr Melvin Naidu pictured with his Occuworx staff
Murdered orthopaedic surgeon Dr Melvin Naidu pictured with his Occuworx staff
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The woman accused of murdering top Durban orthopaedic surgeon Dr Melvin Naidu at a plush Umhlanga hotel, is expected to make her first court appearance on Monday.

Naidu, who was the subject of a failed hit last year allegedly by his brother-in-law, neurosurgeon Dr Anand Rapiti, was in the company of a 31-year-old woman at the up-market The Capital Pearls when he died on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Capt Nqobile Gwala said the woman was expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on a murder charge.

She said the details of the appearance would only be confirmed on Monday morning.

On Thursday night at about 10pm guests alerted hotel security after overhearing an altercation.

Naidu, who was in his boxer shorts and sandals, collapsed outside the blood-splattered hotel room door after he was allegedly stabbed in the neck.

"The suspect was heard screaming for help, followed by the [man] who was also shouting for help."

"A 51-year-old man fell on to the floor outside the room with a stab wound on the neck," Gwala said.

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