Man in court for vet's rape, murder

2014-12-15 21:45

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White River - The case against a Mpumalanga man accused of murdering, raping, and robbing veterinarian Rensia DeWet was on Monday postponed to next year.

The 30-year-old accused, who cannot be named until he has pleaded, appeared briefly in the White River Magistrate's Court on Monday, a Sapa correspondent reported.

The man would remain in custody and the case was postponed to 12 January.

The accused, believed to have been an employee at the Nottinghill Equestrian Estate, near White River, where DeWet, 46, lived, was arrested in KaMagugu outside Mbombela on Saturday after police received a tip-off.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said DeWet was murdered in her home on the equestrian estate in Yaverland, near White River, on 9 December.

She was found half naked in a pool of blood in her bedroom. She had multiple stab wounds. Her house had been ransacked.

"Police have not yet identified what was stolen from the house as she was staying alone," said Mohlala.

DeWet's uncle Robert du Rant on Monday said his niece was expected to be buried on Friday afternoon.

"We are currently at the mortuary making all necessary arrangements for her death certificate. We hope she will be buried on Friday afternoon unless something in the investigation comes up. But, for now, we plan to have the funeral on Friday afternoon," he said.

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