Camps Bay murder accused in brief court appearance

2015-08-25 12:22
Gabriela Kabrins Alban. (Picture: Facebook)

Gabriela Kabrins Alban. (Picture: Facebook)

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Cape Town – Guatemalan Diego Dougherty Novella, accused of killing an American businesswoman at the Camps Bay Retreat Hotel, appeared briefly in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning.

Dressed in a casual black tracksuit in the dock, the 41-year-old showed little expression and did not look at the magistrate or his surroundings.

The matter was postponed to allow him to finalise instructions for a bail application.

A date for the formal bail application was likely to be set when he appeared again on Monday.

He would remain in custody at the hospital section of Pollsmoor Prison.

At a previous appearance, it emerged that the State’s case was that he had assaulted and inflicted fatal injuries on 39-year-old marketing executive Gabriela Kabrins Alban.

The State also alleged that when police officers asked Novella last month where she was, he told them she was dead.

This apparently led them to the room they were believed to be sharing at the upmarket hotel between July 29 and 30.

He was charged with murder, listed as a schedule five offence, but further charges may be added in the course of the investigation.

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