'He was not in love with her' - Gabriella's mother on murder-accused boyfriend

2017-05-25 13:06
Doris Weitz, the mother of slain American Gabriela Kabrins Alban, walks out courtroom with her husband Alexander Williams during a tea break, after testifying during Diego Novella's trial. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Doris Weitz, the mother of slain American Gabriela Kabrins Alban, walks out courtroom with her husband Alexander Williams during a tea break, after testifying during Diego Novella's trial. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - Slain US marketing executive Gabriela Kabrins Alban still loved Diego Novella after they had broken up, but felt he had "stepped on her heart", her mother told the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.

It was put to her mother, Doris Weitz, during cross-examination that Novella had loved and cared for her daughter, so much so that he arranged treatment for her Lyme disease in SA in 2015.

His lawyer William Booth also put it to her for the first time that the couple had agreed to a cooling off period in their relationship at the end of 2014 as a result of her condition.

Weitz shook her head.

"Gabi told me in January 2015 and then in April [2015] that they had broken up, that she was still in love with him but that he was not in love with her," she said.

She recalled her daughter saying something to the effect of: "He has taken my heart and stepped on it."

READ: Lawyer claims murder-accused Diego Novella was ‘hit’ by sick girlfriend

Translation

Booth said his client arranged for her to visit a purification programme in Magaliesburg and a similar venue for treatment near Hermanus.

"I have no idea. I know he made arrangements," Weitz replied.

"I don't know about the caring and loving because my daughter told me the opposite: That he did not care for her."

Novella was arrested after his American girlfriend was found dead in their room at the Camps Bay Retreat Hotel in Cape Town in July 2015. He recently pleaded not guilty to the murder.

Cellphone messages between Weitz and Novella were raised on Thursday.

There needed to be consensus on the translation of the messages, from Spanish to English, and Weitz was asked to stand down until a translator was arranged.

The trial continues.

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