Pheonix community in mourning

2015-02-10 00:00

OVER 3 000 people squeezed into a marquee at Clayhaven Primary School, Phoenix, to pay their last ­respects to a nine-year-old boy “who just dreamt of being a pilot”.

Shahiel Sewpujun’s lifeless, mutilated body was found in a manhole on Sunday after being missing for four days. His family brought his ­casket to the school before his burial in accordance with his Muslim faith.

While the police have arrested three suspects — including his aunt and cousin, who are in hospital after attempting to commit suicide by ­ingesting brake fluid — the tightly-knit community is in mourning.

Community leader Pastor Mervyn Reddy said: “Ultimately an innocent nine-year-old boy, who understood nothing and whose only purpose in life was to grow up as a young innocent child, was caught up in this and has had heinous things done to him.”

Clayhaven Primary School governing body chairperson Pastor Victor Chetty said the community would oppose bail and are “angry that such a thing could have happened”.

“The community is waiting to see what justice is going to be served. We are waiting for the court date and we will stand up as a community and ­demand they do not get bail.”

Shahiel’s body was found by ­volunteers acting on a tip.


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