Butcher linked to Miguel Louw's murder behind bars again

05 December 2018 - 13:18 By JEFF WICKS
Mohammed Ebrahim, left, and his father Sheik Ebrahim Shah in the Durban magistrate's court on October 17 2018.
Mohammed Ebrahim, left, and his father Sheik Ebrahim Shah in the Durban magistrate's court on October 17 2018.
Image: JACKIE CLAUSEN

Mohammed Ebrahim — the man accused of the kidnapping and murder of schoolboy Miguel Louw — is behind bars once again.

The 43-year-old butcher was arrested on Wednesday just moments after he stepped out of the dock at the Durban magistrate's court.

The man is linked to Miguel's disappearance as the last person seen with the child. He was arrested and charged with kidnapping and theft in July. With Miguel's body missing at the time, Ebrahim had successfully applied for bail.

The child's decomposed remains were found several weeks later in a park in Phoenix, a short distance from Ebrahim's family home.

With what is now ostensibly a fresh murder charge, Ebrahim has been remanded  for seven days and is expected to apply for bail when he appears in court next week.

Prosecutor Kuveshnie Pillay said that the state would strongly oppose bail, describing Louw's slaying as "premeditated".

Ebrahim cut a distressed figure when he appeared in the Durban regional court.

As he was led away, he exclaimed: ''This is not fair.''

During his first application for bail, the court heard that Ebrahim had slept in a shed on a foam mattress after becoming estranged from his family. He was working as a butcher at the time.

He entered Miguel's life as an acquaintance of the boy's mother, Raylene. The two worked at the same butchery.

He had lived with Miguel and his mother for two weeks before the two had an altercation.

When he was first arrested‚ he was found in possession of Miguel's original birth certificate‚ as well as Raylene's ID.

He will appear again in court on December 12.


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