Sus­pect to ap­pear for jockey’s mur­der

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TANKISO MAKHETHA

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.”

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