Sus­pect in brothel mur­der re­leased from cells

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WENDYL MARTIN

A 20- YEAR- OLD Rock­lands woman ac­cused of the mur­der and rob­bery of an Oran­jezicht brothel owner was re­leased on bail yes­ter­day at the Cape Town Mag­is­trate’s Court.

Oc­tavia Mul­der was ac­cused with her boyfriend Trevor Daries, 26, af­ter Pe­dro Lopez, 38, was found dead at the Oran­jezicht house in May.

Lopez had been stabbed 20 times, suf­fer­ing wounds to his back, chest, arm and feet, and had bite marks on his shoul­der. The marks will be com­pared to den­tal im­pres­sions of the cou­ple. Daries re­mains in cus­tody af­ter aban­don­ing his bail ap­pli­ca­tion ear­lier.

The court heard pre­vi­ously that Mul­der worked for Lopez as a make-up artist dur­ing the 2010 June school hol­i­days, earn­ing up to R100 for each pros­ti­tute’s make-up, five days a week.

In a con­fes­sion, which Mul­der said she made while un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs, she said she asked Lopez for money he owed her. The court heard she was ad­dicted to heroin and had been to re­hab, but had re­lapsed sev­eral times.

The State al­leged that Lopez re­fused to pay, af­ter which there was a scuf­fle be­tween him and Daries. The cou­ple al­legedly de­manded that Lopez open his safe, and fled with his cell­phone. Mul­der was ar­rested at the house the next day and Daries was ar­rested later.

The cou­ple were be­fore mag­is­trate Al­frieda Lewis yes- ter­day. Lewis re­leased Mul­der with an in­struc­tion that she and Daries re­turn to court on Septem­ber 4 for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The only con­di­tion was that she stay at her house in Rock­lands with her par­ents.

Lewis said Mul­der had said she needed bail so she could at­tend re­hab. She was not cur­rently us­ing drugs, and had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

Gonville Michaels, for Mul­der, said her fam­ily had R1 000 for bail, which Lewis ac­cepted.

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