Couple’s murder: Former gardener appears in court

2012-07-03 00:00

POLICE believe that the elderly Port Edward couple, Elizabeth (Betty) (77) and Eric (72) Robins, were murdered over a debt of R150.

An ex-gardener, Sgidi Xolani Sonjica (20), was arrested last Friday by Port Edward police in Southbroom.

He made a brief appearance in court in Ramsgate yesterday.

The Robinses were killed in their home on 17 June.

Their bodies were discovered by their domestic worker, Flora Nkwanyana.

Police allegedly linked Sonjica to the murders after investigating the whereabouts of the property taken from the victims’ home.

“He was working at an office in Southbroom,” said Captain Gerald Mfeka, and he had made a statement to the police.

“The docket was taken to the public prosecutor’s office in Pietermaritzburg. We are not sure of a remand date yet, but the suspect is still in custody,” said Mfeka. Sonjica is being held at the Margate police cells.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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