Alfusaine Jabbi: House probe after faith healer murder

Detectives are examining a house in Bradford in a bid to solve the mystery of a murdered faith healer.

Police have been told African-born Alfusaine Jabbi had conducted a faith healing session in Bradford and believe he was moving his unusual practice to the city shortly before he died.

They are now trying to establish where he might have been living and doing business.

Mr Jabbi, 22, was beaten and stabbed to death in Luton, Bedfordshire, on April 29.

Detectives say he had been living a double life as a much-loved son thousands of miles from home and as a businessman using a different name to make a living as a faith healer.

Mr Jabbi used the name Mr Wahib on his business card, which claimed he could break magic spells and ward off evil spirits. He had run the business from a flat in Luton for six months before it was wound up about April 20.

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Police know the Gambian, also known as Abdula and Mohammed Ali, had travelled to Bradford by train on April 17, 20, 22 and 23.

A Bedfordshire Police spokesman said that, as a result of publicity in the Telegraph & Argus, they had received a call from someone in Bradford who recognised Mr Jabbi’s photograph and said he had carried out faith healing on them.

They have also established he made calls from his mobile phone while in Bradford.

Officers are carrying out a detailed search of a house in Hill Brow Close, Allerton, which they believe Mr Jabbi may have used for business. West Yorkshire colleagues are helping with inquiries at houses in the area.

The spokesman said: “We are carrying out a room-by-room examination, looking for any documentation which may tie him to it.

“We are also trying to find out where he may have been living in the Bradford area. We would not have thought he would have travelled there every day.

“He did his faith healing at a house in Luton but did not live there. We believe he may have been moving his operation to Bradford in similar circumstances.”

He said Mr Jabbi was an African Muslim and may have decided to move to Bradford because, like Luton, it has a large Muslim community. He said there was no evidence the murder victim had any previous links to Bradford.

He arrived in the UK in 2003 from Gambia, via Mali and France, and lived initially in London before moving to Luton. He has no known family or friends in this country.

Detectives have not ruled out that Mr Jabbi’s faith healing may have been a motive for his death. Detective Superinten-dent Keith Garwood, of Bedfordshire Police, leading the investigation, urged Bradford people to help if they think they knew Mr Jabbi.

He could have rented a room or flat, used a local corner store or supermarket or been touting for business.

Det Supt Garwood added: “It is vital we piece together every aspect of his life to establish a motive.”

Call 01582 394272 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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