Family heartbroken

2017-04-26 06:00
Ridhwaan Mackay (19), whose body was found burnt in a veld next to the R31 Road. A 19-year-old has been arrested and is expected to reappear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court in connection with the murder.Photo: Supplied

Ridhwaan Mackay (19), whose body was found burnt in a veld next to the R31 Road. A 19-year-old has been arrested and is expected to reappear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court in connection with the murder.Photo: Supplied

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A 19 year old suspect, Christopher Ortell, made a brief appearance in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Thursday (20/04) in connection with the murder of Ridhwaan Mackay (19), who was found in the veld next to the R31 Road on Wednesday (19/04) afternoon.

The suspect was arrested thanks to the police following up on leads, which resulted in the arrest being made, after the discovery of Mackay’s body, who had been reported missing.

Ortell is expected to reappear in court on a charge of murder on Tuesday (02/05) for a bail application and representation by his attorney.

Capt. Sergio Kock, spokesperson of the police, explained that it appeared as if Mackay’s hands and feet were tied and his body was partially burnt.

“An autopsy is expected to determine the exact cause of death,” said Kock.

According to Mackay’s devastated family, he was last seen on Thursday, 13 April, before he left in his sister’s white Volkswagen Golf.

The car was found abandoned on Sunday, 16 April, in Clifford Street, West End, not far from his home. That led to the family reporting him missing, said his mother.

A prayer service was held at the R31 murder scene ahead of the funeral service that was held at the Kimberley Muslim Cemetery on Friday.

The family deems it unfair for their son’s life to be taken in such a brutal manner.

Lona Carls, aunt of the deceased, revealed that it came to their attention that the suspect was the one driving around in the car, while people were under the impression that it was Mackay.

Lione Carls, another aunt of the deceased, expressed how they were hoping to get a call to inform them that Mackay had been seen somewhere, so that they could go and fetch him.

“It was heartbreaking for us to see him like that, his body being in such a state that we could barely recognise him.

“We do not even want to know what drove the killer to perform such a hideous act on a human being.

“No motive can justify what the killer did.

“We hope that justice will prevail in this matter,” said Lione.

The family describes Mackay as a quiet, respectful and humble child, who did not deserved to lose his life at such a young age and in such a brutal manner.

However, they say they will unite and keep their focus on the court proceedings in their struggle to come to terms with what happened.

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