1 Apr 2009

Decision reserved over twice-convicted wife murderer

7:42 pm on 1 April 2009

The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision in a case involving a man who appealed against his second conviction for murdering his wife.

Laxman Rajamani bashed his wife over the head with a brick before slashing her throat in their Auckland home in January 2000.

Last year, a second jury found him guilty of murdering Chitralekha Ramakrishnan in January 2005. Rajamani was jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 12 years.

His lawyer told the Court of Appeal that the jury heard prejudicial hearsay statements from the deceased in which she said Rajamani had threatened to kill her.

However, the Crown said that it was acceptable for the statements to go before the jury.