Cape Town mom's murder case heads for High Court

2016-07-27 17:53

Cape Town - The trial of two men accused of murdering Kuils River mom Zarah Hector is expected to be transferred to the Western Cape High Court.

Ronaldo van Rooyen, 34, and Tawfeeq Ibrahim, 26, appeared via audio visual remand in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of murder, vehicle robbery and defeating the ends of justice.

They are accused of bludgeoning Hector to death with a hammer in March.

The brutal murder is believed to have taken place in Van Rooyen’s garage.

An indictment was being prepared, the court heard.

The matter was postponed to September 21.

The State alleges the men murdered Hector because they wanted to steal the BMW Z3 she was driving, as she allegedly owed Van Rooyen "a lot of money”.

This was apparently admitted by Ibrahim in a statement he gave to police after his arrest.

Hector’s body was wrapped in a canvas and dumped in Groot Drakenstein.

The State asserts that the men tried to sell the car for R5 000, but after failing to find a buyer, dumped the car in Observatory with parts missing.

The men were arrested a week later, shortly before Hector's body was found.

Hector disappeared after she left the Oostenberg Lodge in Kuils River, where she worked. Her body was found nine days later.

The two face charges of murder, vehicle robbery and defeating the ends of justice. 

While the two appeared to have no previous convictions, the State said Van Rooyen had since been charged with an unrelated armed robbery, allegedly committed with a different accomplice.

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