Suspect to appear for jockey’s murder
A 34-YEAR-OLD man is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate Court today in connection with the murder of a 24-yearold jockey who went missing after he disappeared from Turffontein racecourse last Monday.
Hughes Dharampal went missing after receiving a call from a colleague asking to meet him.
His charred remains were found in Benoni on Friday after the alleged suspect led police there, said police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo yesterday.
“Members of the National Crime Intelligence Unit provided the Booysens police with intelligence relating to a possible suspect.
“Further investigations were conducted and the 34-yearold suspect was arrested on Friday,” he said.
Naidoo said police would be conducting DNA tests to confirm the identity of the victim.
In an interview with Lotus
‘He doesn’t do drugs, he doesn’t have a girlfriend’
FM, Dharampal’s father, Ashwin, described him as a good boy who who did not have a drug addiction problem and did not mix with the wrong crowd.
“He doesn’t do drugs, he doesn’t have a girlfriend – even his trainer said he is one of the best jockeys they have and wanted to make a recommendation to get him into the main academy.”
Messages of condolences have been pouring in for the 24-year-old on social media platforms since Friday morning.
Alice Palan extended her condolences, saying: “Prayers are with you all. Only God can heal the wounded heart. I admired this young man for his chosen profession.
“A dream which became a reality but death cheated on him. “May Rakheel RIP”. Arthi Harisinker said: “No words can express my sadness on hearing about the loss of such a young man. Our prayers are with you all.”