Gay killer ‘was battered wife’

2011-12-09 00:00

CONFESSED double murderer Mario Tsware claimed in court yesterday that he was the “wife” in the relationship between him and his victim, Dennis Roberts, and that he suffered “acute battered woman’s syndrome”.

Tsware killed Roberts at a Durban hotel and Roberts’s sister, Crystal (71), at her house last month.

It emerged in court that Tsware is highly educated with a diploma in civil engineering, two certificates in Autocad, a specialist design programme, and that he was due to write an examination for a diploma in project management, but could not due to his incarceration.

Yesterday Acting Judge Karthy Govender moved sentencing for Monday to review argument presented by Tsware’s attorney, Vijay Sivakumoor.

Sivakumoor asked for a sentence of 18 years in jail with parole since Tsware was “co-operative and there is a strong possibility of him rehabilitating and contributing positively to society”.

State prosecutor Rea Mina contested the suggestion vehemently, saying the murders were premeditated and brutal and that the maximum sentence should be passed.

Dressed in a blue shirt with what appeared to be a bloodstain on his elbow and jeans, Tsware listened attentively to the proceedings.

Tsware, on the eve of his birthday, was reunited at Formula One hotel with his former lover, Roberts (77), whom he met through a gay online dating service. There he strangled him with an electric cord.

A day after Roberts’s body was discovered his sister was found dead by a similar method in her Greenwood Park home.

It was alleged that there is a second accused, Sthe Ximba, and Tsware said he is prepared to co-operate with police to bring him to book.

Tsware said Roberts had six condoms and R300 on him, which he and Ximba took. They then went to Crystal’s house where they used the same cord to strangle the sister.

Tsware said Ximba stabbed her because she was still alive.

The motive for the murder was apparently that Roberts had sent incriminating text messages to his sister.

The two apparently fled to Verulam where they drew R4 000 from an ATM with Roberts’s bank card. After abandoning Roberts’s car Tsware fled to the Eastern Cape where police arrested him and he immediately confessed to the murders.

Tsware said he met Roberts in August and the older man paid for a furnished flat in South Beach and eventually moved in with him.

It was also alleged that Roberts demanded sex four times a day and that he would threaten to stop paying rent or buying groceries if Tsware didn’t submit to his demands.

Things apparently soured when Roberts wanted to meet Tsware’s parents, since he was a closet homosexual.

On Tsware’s Facebook account there are indications of him seeking sex through various gay dating services.


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