DNA documents delay in murdered Kuils River mom case

2017-02-03 18:00
Zarah Hector (Supplied)

Zarah Hector (Supplied)

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Cape Town – Two men accused of murdering Kuils River mother Zarah Hector have yet to go on trial because DNA documentation is still outstanding, the Western Cape High Court heard on Friday.

Prosecutor Maria Marshall said the defence had asked for this, along with certain unclear parts of the court record which were subsequently provided.

“I did contact the DNA [forensic sciences] lab and the indication is that I would have further documents in the next two weeks,” she said during a pre-trial hearing.

Ronaldo van Rooyen and Tawfeeq Ibrahim would remain in custody until their next hearing on March 3.

READ: We just want closure - murdered Zarah Hector's family

The pair was arrested after Hector disappeared from her work at the Oostenberg Lodge in Kuils River in March, setting off a panicked search by her family and friends.

Her picture was circulated widely after she was last seen in her boyfriend's BMW Z3 on March 14 2016.

There were pleas from her family and police to report any sightings of the 33-year-old receptionist. She had left her handbag behind at work.

During the agonising wait for news, her family was taunted by claims on Facebook that she had run off with a boyfriend.

The BMW was later found stripped down in Observatory. Her body was found wrapped in canvas in the Groot Drakenstein mountains of Paarl.

Van Rooyen and Ibrahim face charges of murder, vehicle robbery, and defeating the ends of justice. 

They are accused of bludgeoning her to death with a hammer in Van Rooyen's garage. They allegedly wanted to steal the BMW, as she allegedly owed Van Rooyen a lotof money.

This claim was made in Ibrahim's police statement but has not been tested in court yet.

The State alleges the men tried to sell the car for R5 000, but after failing to find a buyer, dumped it in Observatory.

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