Murder accused ‘pull sickie’
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. –