Carlisle tragedy: Hus­band charged over wife’s death

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Pi­lat

THE in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged mur­der of a 32-yearold mother-of-two con­tin­ues days af­ter her re­mains were found buried in the back­yard of her Carlisle home.

Po­lice al­lege that Fahima Yusuf, who was re­ported miss­ing last Tues­day, was killed by her 36-yearold hus­band Ahmed Da­wood See­dat.

Homi­cide Squad de­tec­tives and foren­sic of­fi­cers con­tin­ued to search for po­ten­tial mur­der weapons at the We­ston Street prop­erty where Ms Yusuf’s body was dis­cov­ered on Wed­nes­day.

Her hus­band was for­mally charged with her mur­der later that day.

On Thurs­day, a metal wheel brace was found in a bin dur­ing a search of the cou­ple’s home and was pho­tographed, ex­am­ined and placed in an ev­i­dence bag by de­tec­tives.

The fam­ily car was also searched be­fore two child seats were re­moved and given to Mr See­dat’s par­ents, who are un­der­stood to be look­ing af­ter their grand­chil­dren, aged two and five.

Mr See­dat ap­peared in Perth Mag­is­trates Court on Thurs­day and was re­manded in cus­tody un­til Septem­ber 26.

He held his head in his hands for most of the brief ap­pear­ance, speak­ing only to ac­knowl­edge that he un­der­stood the charge of mur­der read to him by Mag­is­trate Brian Gluestein.

A man who said he was a rel­a­tive of both the vic­tim and the ac­cused was present for the hear­ing and said he was too shaken to speak.

Friends and neigh­bours of Ms Yusuf have paid trib­ute to her, telling the South­ern Gazette she was a “beau­ti­ful woman” who loved her chil­dren and was al­ways friendly.

A fe­male neigh­bour, who wished to re­main anony­mous, said she was shocked by the news and couldn’t be­lieve it.

“We would of­ten talk on the street and she was al­ways friendly and chatty,” the neigh­bour said. “I re­cently saw her but she wasn’t her chatty self, but I know she was re­cently ill with a pretty bad eye in­fec­tion, so she could have been less chatty be­cause of that.

“I heard of her dis­ap­pear­ance from another neigh­bour and I was shocked to hear what had hap­pened be­cause this is a very quiet street.

“It’s very sad and I hope the chil­dren are okay.”

Fahima Yusuf

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