Support for slain Kuils River mom as murder trial hits delay

2016-10-28 18:09
Ronaldo van Rooyen, 34, and Tafiq Ibrahim, 26. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Ronaldo van Rooyen, 34, and Tafiq Ibrahim, 26. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town – The trial of two men accused of murdering Kuils River mom Zarah Hector cannot start until they both have a lawyer, the Western Cape High Court heard on Friday.

When Ronaldo van Rooyen, 34, and Tawfeeq Ibrahim, 26, appeared for a pre-trial hearing, it emerged that Ibrahim had not found a replacement for his lawyer.

At their last appearance in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court, his private lawyer indicated he would not be able to continue, due to a lack of money.

Ibrahim told Judge Andre le Grange on Friday that he had applied to Legal Aid from prison on Thursday.

The two, dressed in tracksuits, heard the matter would be postponed until November 25 for this purpose.

Hector’s family and friends filled a third of the public gallery. They wore pale pink shirts, with her photo and a slogan demanding justice.

The men face 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.

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”.

Ibrahim apparently admitted this 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.

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

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