No arrest in escort agency murder

2011-07-06 00:00

THE daughter of a woman fatally stabbed on Friday while showering at a popular escort agency where she worked in Pietermaritzburg has expressed her shock at the murder.

Commenting about the incident yesterday, Nishelle said she was still in a state of shock about what happened to her mother Elizabeth Antoinette Dearham (45), who will be cremated in Northdale this morning. She was popularly known as Tessa.

Dearham’s naked body was found in a pool of blood near a running shower at Je’Taime Executive Men’s Club at about 6 pm.

She had a stab wound to the heart, and her ponytail had been cut off and stuffed into her mouth.

“It is sad what happened to my mother,” said Nishelle.

She added that she was not at liberty to talk to the media about the murder on the advice of the police.

Another family member asked that the family be given a chance to grieve.

Police said no suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder, although the owner of the escort agency, Andre Viviers, handed them video footage from the agency’s CCTV.

The video footage shows the identity of a possible suspect.

Dearham, who is originally from Greytown, will be cremated at Mountain Rise Cemetery after a service at Christian Believers Fellowship in Balhambra Way at 11 am.

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