Men back in court for allegedly killing 2 women in Cape Town

2016-05-23 05:38


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Cape Town – Men accused of killing two women in separate incidents in Cape Town are set to return to court on Monday.

The State opposed bail for the alleged killers of Kuils River mother Zarah-Jane Hector and American marketing consultant Gabriela Kabrins Alban.

In the first case, Ronaldo van Rooyen, 34, and Tafiq Ibrahim, 26, were arrested shortly after Hector’s body was discovered.

She disappeared on March 15 after she left the Oostenberg Lodge in Kuils River where she worked.

The BMW Z3 she was driving was later found in Observatory and her body was discovered on a farm in Groot Drakenstein, nine days after her disappearance.

The two are accused of killing her by beating her to death with a hammer in Van Rooyen’s garage.

Ibrahim later dropped his bail bid. Van Rooyen did not apply for bail.

The pair would appear in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court.

In a separate matter, Guatemalan murder accused Diego Dougherty would appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court.

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

At his last appearance, the court heard she had died due to strangulation and had blunt force trauma to the face.

The investigating officer said in an affidavit that 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.

It also emerged during his bail application that Dougherty intended pleading not guilty to the murder.

The court was asked to consider diminished responsibility by way of drug intoxication, as per a psychiatric report, despite him being able to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions.

The State believed he was a flight risk.

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