KZN double murder accused pleads guilty

2011-12-07 09:08

The man accused of killing an elderly brother and sister has pleaded guilty to the crimes in the Durban High Court, the Mercury reported today.

According to the paper Mario Tsware (29) confessed to killing Dennis and his sister, Crystal Roberts, and to two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The Mercury reported that Tsware first met Dennis (75) in June through a gay internet site and they began a relationship.

When Tsware lost his job in August, Dennis invited him to live with his sister at their Begonia Road home.

However, because Crystal disliked him, Dennis rented him a flat in South Beach, paying for the rent.

Dennis eventually moved in with Tsware, but their relationship soured when Dennis constantly wanted sex and threatened to withhold groceries and rent if he did not get what he wanted.

Dennis moved out, stopped paying rent and cancelled the lease, leaving Tsware feeling “abandoned and abused”. In an attempt to lure Dennis back and rob him of his bank cards, Tsware created a fictitious name,
Ernest, logged on to the gay dating website and invited him to meet in the “dark room” at Adult World.

The meeting didn’t happen. Dennis later called Tsware believing him to be Ernest, and arranged to meet him at the Formula 1 hotel in Durban on Monday, November 28.

When Dennis arrived, Tsware and his accomplice strangled him with an electrical cord and took his car, money and bank card.

They then went to Crystal’s house to find Dennis’ cellphone and laptop, as Tsware believed it would lead the police to him.

When he and his accomplice arrived, they found Crystal (71) and killed her.

A relative found her body. She had been strangled and stabbed. The house had been ransacked.

Tsware was caught in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday, November 30.

Police were still looking for Tsware’s accomplice.

Tsware will be sentenced tomorrow.

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