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Sarikha Madhan, one of the accused implicated in the murder of Mercisha Tedpaul, has been released. This comes after the Dundee Regional Court withdrew the charges originally laid against her.
Madhan was originally arrested in March 2022, when Mercisha’s body was found near the railway lines near Watt Road, Dundee, just days after the young mother of two went missing.
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Following the court’s decision to drop the charges against Madhan—Mercisha’s sister, Shristi Dookhi explained that she was experiencing an array of emotions. “I am not sure what I’m feeling at the time, as there are too many emotions. I feel angry, hurt, sad and more.”
Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Elaine Zungu said, “The State is unable to continue with a prosecution against Sarika Madhan, as there is insufficient evidence to continue with a prosecution against her.”
However, Advocate Zungu emphasised that a withdrawal does not mean that when there is evidence later obtained which will enable the court to successfully prosecute, such cannot be pursued.
“In regards to the other two people, the case continues. After careful consideration of all the evidence placed before the court during the bail application, bail was denied. The remaining two accused are in custody, following that failed bail application,” added Advocate Zungu.
The matter will return to court on 7 March 2023 for Sarika’s husband and son, Manoj and Sanjoth Madhan’s first appearance in the Regional Court.
With the trial set to continue in March 2023, Shristi said, “I would like to see the actual murderers put behind bars and not released, with them pretending nothing happened.”
While she is experiencing an emotional rollercoaster at the moment, Shristi noted that her sister’s two children are slowly recovering from their mother’s tragic passing and adjusting to life without her.
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