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In the footsteps of a suspected serial killer

In this weekly section, we return to disappearances, news items or crimes that were perpetrated several weeks, months, years ago… Dramas that left their mark on people’s minds and changed lives forever…

His new revelations have once again caused a wave of shock and disbelief. Umyad Ebrahim, a withdrawn and mysterious character, had already created fear in 2021, when the bodies of two women were found in a lychee orchard in Mare-d’Albert where he occupied a small makeshift house. In less than 24 hours at the end of May at this time, a terrible scenario played out on site with the discovery of two corpses dug up in this orchard located in Fabric Lane. The victims, Bibi Zahira Ramputh, 40, Ebrahim’s common-law wife, and Hema Coonjobeeharry, 40, whose nature of relationship with the suspect remains unclear, were allegedly ‘baited’ by the latter via social networks….

During interrogation, Umyad confessed to the murder of Hema Coonjobeeharry, which occurred two days after she visited his home on May 10. The autopsy indicates that she died of asphyxia due to suffocation. Regarding Zahira Ramputh, originally from Vallée-Pitot, the suspect claims that she committed suicide by swallowing poison. Before that, in March 2020, Zahira Ramputh left her family to live with a man in Vallée-des-Prêtres, ending their relationship a few months later. Zahira’s relatives reported her disappearance in January 2021, but the search did not progress until later. Finally, in a statement, the man from Vallée-desPrêtres indicated that he had received a call from Umyad Ebrahim on December 18, 2020, asking him to no longer try to contact Zahira Ramputh because she was now living with him…

Bibi Zahira Ramputh and Hema Coonjobeeharry.

Ebrahim’s mental health is of course at the heart of his affairs, and he was even admitted to the Brown-Séquard psychiatric hospital on May 20 for depression… Just a few days before the macabre discoveries. He had already undergone treatment at the psychiatric hospital in 2017. It was during this hospitalization that the pieces of the puzzle began to come together. Doctors having told Umyad Ebrahim’s family that he kept repeating that his partner was dead. She then made the link with her disappearance. The police, accompanied by two Nursing Officers, took Ebrahim to the scene of the crime, the orchard, confirming the location of the first corpse and revealing the existence of a second victim buried a few meters away.

Then, just a few days ago, Umyad Ebrahim, detained preventively at Beau-Bassin prison since the discoveries, made headlines again when he admitted to investigators from the Major Crime Investigation Team that he had buried a third body, still in Mare-d’Albert. The suspect, aged 39 today, allegedly surprised a man stealing vegetables from the property where he worked as a guard in this locality. According to Umyad Ebrahim’s statements, he hit the man – a Bangladeshi according to him – then noticed that he was dead and made the decision to bury him. The authorities already consider him a serial killer, because he also admitted to having fatally attacked two other men, whose bodies he buried in Curepipe and in the North, without providing further information on their identity.

Following these disturbing revelations, police provisionally charged Umyad Ebrahim with murder on November 3. He was brought before the Mahébourg court. Subsequently, Umyad Ebrahim led investigators to the scene in Mare-d’Albert, where he allegedly buried the third body. A search was planned with the intervention of the Special Mobile Force excavator, but has yielded nothing so far. The prisoner would also have encountered difficulties in indicating precisely the place where he had buried the body due to modifications to the land – transformed into a vegetable field – in particular the installation of a fence.

Abhishek or Rajesh…

Very little information is available on Umyad Ebrahim. Except in Mare-d’Albert, villagers knew him as “Abhi”. According to a member of his family, Umyad Ebrahim was a very reserved person and did not socialize with anyone. “He left the family home in 2010 and only visited us twice. We even heard that he had got married in a civil ceremony to a resident of Mahébourg five years ago but we were never able to have confirmation of this,” he declared to the press when the affair broke out.

Other residents of this southern village called Umyad Ebrahim a “traser.” It was emphasized that he was not mentally ill and that they often saw him in the neighborhood. He stopped just long enough to wave. “He never gave us his real first name. To some people he said his name was Abhishek, to others his name was Rajesh. He concealed his identity and ethnicity.confided several.

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