Zarah Hector case postponed as court waits for DNA, toxicology report

2016-05-23 12:01
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 - Outstanding DNA and toxicology reports on Monday resulted in the postponement in the trial of two men accused of murdering mother of two Zarah Hector.

Ronaldo van Rooyen, 34, and Tawfeeq Ibrahim, 26, are accused of bludgeoning the Kuils River woman to death with a hammer in March.

Prosecutor Nathan Adriaanse told the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court that, while all witness statements and the post mortem results had been completed, forensic reports were still outstanding.

"The State has issued prioritisation letters [to the laboratories]," he said.

The matter was postponed to July 27, for audiovisual remand.

This method is used to avoid bringing the prisoners to court due to the high volume of people needing to be transported and the security risk it poses should anyone try to escape.

Hector disappeared on March 15 after she left the Oostenberg Lodge in Kuils River where she worked. Her body was found nine days later in Groot Drakenstein.

According to the State, the men were after the BMW Z3 she had been driving. They allegedly tried to sell it for R5 000, as Hector owed Van Rooyen money.

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