Mur­der ac­cused ‘pull sickie’

Cape Argus - - NEWS - Zo­didi Dano zo­didi. dano@inl.co.za

THE MEN ac­cused of mur­der­ing Kuils River mother of two Zara Hec­tor failed to ap­pear in court after they al­legedly fell ill.

The Western Cape High Court was left with no choice but to post­pone yes­ter­day’s pro­ceed­ings after Re­naldo van Rooyen and Tawfeeq Ebrahim were re­ported sick.

State prose­cu­tor Maria Mar­shall said Pollsmoor Prison of­fi­cials con­firmed that the two had sought med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

“The ac­cused had to see a med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner at Pollsmoor. I have con­firmed that they were seen by a doc­tor and the doc­tor said they are fit and well to stand trial.

“The ac­cused will sup­ply us with a med­i­cal note,” she said.

Judge Lis­ter Nuku post­poned the mat­ter to to­day.

Hec­tor died after she was hit on the head with a ham­mer five times in March 2016.

Her body was found wrapped in a plas­tic sheet on a farm in Groot Drak­en­stein 10 days after the mur­der.

The car she had been driv­ing, a sil­ver Z3 BMW that be­longed to her boyfriend, was found dumped in Ob­ser­va­tory.

Po­lice found blood spat­ter in a cup­board and on a ham­mer at Van Rooyen’s res­i­dence. The blood matched Hec­tor’s DNA. –

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