American killed at Camp's Bay hotel was strangled, assaulted

2016-05-19 19:00
Gabriela Kabrins Alban. (Picture: Facebook)

Gabriela Kabrins Alban. (Picture: Facebook)

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Cape Town - American marketing consultant Gabriela Kabrins Alban died due to strangulation and had blunt force trauma to the face, the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court heard on Thursday.

Her death was detailed by investigating officer Warrant Officer Rowan Andrews, who is attached to the provincial Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit.

Prosecutor Louise Friester-Sampson read out his affidavit during the bail application of Guatemalan murder accused Diego Dougherty.

Dougherty was charged with murder after his girlfriend was found dead in their room at the upmarket Camps Bay Retreat Hotel on July 29 last year.

The State was opposing bail because it believed he was a flight risk.

Andrews said no visitors or unusual behaviour were noted at the hotel on the day of the murder.

Hotel staff discovered her body in the room after Dougherty reportedly relayed that she was dead, said Andrews.

The room was chaotic and food items were strewn around. Foreign currency and iPhones were taken in as exhibits.

He said Kabrins Alban had defensive marks on her arms. The pathologist later confirmed that she was strangled.

Nothing was stolen from her and there was no forensic evidence to suggest a third person was in the room at the time of the assault.

Friester-Sampson said the accused was very wealthy, had no employment history or obligations, no known children and no fixed address in South Africa.

"He has funds and travels extensively at his pleasure using his two passports."

'Illegal foreigner'

According to an affidavit by home affairs immigration officer Adrian Jackson, Dougherty was considered an "illegal foreigner", since his visa had expired on October 23 last year.

Should he be released on bail, he said they could take him into custody, since he was liable for deportation.

Defence lawyer William Booth said Dougherty had been unable to extend his visa because he was in custody.

"As much as he would want to go to the department of home affairs to deal with any issues of his status, he can’t."

Magistrate Grant Engel said he would not attach value to Jackson’s affidavit.

Dougherty, dressed in a button-up blue shirt and tracksuit pants, was led out the dock.

An interpreter was no longer needed after he told the court on Wednesday that he understood English.

The bail application would continue on Monday.

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