Toronto Sun

Thursday, July 26, 2001

Trunk mom misses court

Accused killer 'not well enough' to leave hospital and make first appearance

By GRETCHEN DRUMMIE, COURTS BUREAU
Toronto Sun

A Scarborough mother accused of murdering her two children was "not well enough" to make her first court appearance, her lawyers revealed yesterday.

Jasotha Mahendriran, 32, has been in Scarborough General Hospital's psychiatric ward since the July 16 tragedy.

She was scheduled to make her first appearance at the College Park courthouse yesterday but was "not well enough to be brought today from the hospital," said Sid Freeman, who is defending Mahendriran with co-counsel Michael McLachlin. McLachlin said there was "no comment" as to whether the woman will apply for bail.

She faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her daughter Shyami, 5, and son Sajeev, 3. Their bodies were found beside their unconscious mother in the trunk of the family car outside there Nero Ct. bungalow.

Mahendriran was said to depressed over the accidental death of her husband last August.

Homicide Det. Gary Giroux said he is still awaiting tests to determine how they died. Mahendriran is next scheduled to appear in court Sept. 4.

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