Jean Christophe Désiré Fenouille, who was actively sought in connection with the fatal attack on Saviren Manikon, known as Andy, aged 32, lodged himself in prison at the Curepipe Criminal Investigation Division (CID) office on Saturday September 30. The suspect will be brought before the Bail and Remand Court (BRC) in Port-Louis on Sunday October 1. In the wake of this case, three other suspects were arrested on Wednesday September 27. Saviren Manikon, with multiple wounds to his body, was found dead shortly before 6 a.m. on Monday September 25 under a bus shelter in Wooton, Eau-Coulée.
The three suspects in custody in this case are Louis Olivier Wendy Manikion, a 36-year-old welder from Cité Padco, L’Agrément, Saint Pierre, Bryan Alan Steeven Sardes, a 32-year-old community center manager from Cité Vallijee, Pailles, and Jean Luc Daryl Quatre Bornes, a 35-year-old mason from Cité Saint Jean, Quatre Bornes.
Dr. Sudesh Kumar Gungadin, head of the police forensic department, who performed the autopsy on Saviren Manikon’s body, attributed the death to multiple injuries. The investigation, meticulously carried out by the men of Assistant Superintendent of Police Sailesh Kumar Omrawo, head of the Central Division’s CID, began with the viewing of Safe City’s surveillance camera footage. In the first hours after this macabre discovery, four drivers using this road were summoned before the body of Saviren Manikon, who lived in Cité Saint Jean, Quatre Bornes, was discovered.
However, on Tuesday September 26, a team of investigators went to route Ménagerie, Cassis in search of the owner of a Toyota Axio model in metallic grey. The car was suspected of being linked to the investigation. The car in question was parked at route Ménagerie, Cassis.
The owner was to incriminate Oliver Manikion as a customer who had rented the car between September 24 and 25. The vehicle was seized for examination by elements of the Forensic Scientific Officer (FSO) at Curepipe district headquarters. Traces of blood were found inside the car. Police then went to L’Agrément, Saint Pierre, in search of Oliver Manikion, but he could not be found and was apprehended at Plaza, Rose-Hill. During questioning, he denied any involvement in the case. He conceded that the Toyota Axio was in his possession between Sunday September 24 and Monday September 25. He refused to take part in an identification parade, opting instead to do so in the presence of his lawyer.
Bryan Sardes presented himself at the CID office in Curepipe on Wednesday September 27, accompanied by his lawyer. In his statement, he explained that it was he who had introduced Oliver Manikion to the person who rents cars in Cassis. On that day, Oliver Manikion had rented a white Toyota Vitz. Bryan Sardes denied having assaulted Saviren Manikon.
A search organized on the same day in the Piton du Milieu area, on the basis of certain information, led to the recovery of a shoe belonging to Saviren Manikon. On the evening of September 27, at around 9pm, this team of police officers went to Cité Saint Jean, Quatre Bornes, and arrested Daryl Quatre Bornes. The bricklayer confessed to having assaulted Saviren Manikon with the complicity of another person.