Advocate Kelvin Singh asked for a postponement in the Miguel Louw murder trial saying the "State and defence have preliminary matters which will seriously curtail proceedings if not ironed out". Picture: Doctor Ngcobo / African News Agency / ANA

Durban - The Miguel Louw murder trial began with a hiccup on Monday after the state asked for a one day postponement.

State prosecutor Kelvin Singh asked for the matter be rolled over to Tuesday saying that the "State and defense have preliminary matters which will seriously curtail proceedings if not ironed out".

His request was granted and the matter is expected to resume Tuesday.

Mohamed Vahed Ebrahim  has been charged with  kidnapping and murdering the Sydenham schoolboy.

One year after nine-year-old Miguel's decomposed body was found in a bush in Longbury Drive in Phoenix, Ebrahim a close family friend and the last person to see Miguel alive will defend himself against the allegations.

In a two-page indictment, the State alleges that Ebrahim who lives in Longbury Phoenix occasionally lived at Miguel's home in Sydenham and performed odd jobs around their home. 

It further states that prior to the incident, Ebrahim and Miguel's mother had an argument. 

"As a result, the accused decided to kill the deceased in order to exact revenge on the deceased's mother," said the State in the indictment.

Ebrahim denied any involvement in the murder during his bail application and he remains in police custody.

Miguel was on his way home from school last year when he went missing.

It is alleged Ebrahim lured Miguel by buying him a meal at a fast food outlet and then took him to Phoenix, where he killed him. 

When Ebrahim was arrested, he was found in possession of Miguel’s original birth certificate as well as Louw’s ID.

It is alleged that Ebrahim was had been in a romantic relationship with Miguel's mother. The state further believes that an argument between the two led him to take revenge on the mother and murder Miguel. Ebrahim has vehemently denied the allegations.

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