New evidence in Ross case
POLICE have found the pliers used to tear out the fingernails of a Kleinmond guest house owner who was found floating half naked in her bath in 2012.
This was one of the new pieces of evidence to emerge at this week’s inquest into the August 31 murder of retired teacher Christa Ross, 59, in her guest house Rossta in Heuningkloof.
The mur- der rocked the sleepy seaside village, as did the July 2013 arrest of her then 61-yearold husband Abraham, better known as Rossie, who was released days later after the director of public prosecutions declined to prosecute.
The autopsy discovered a broken bone in Christa’s throat and police believed they had gathered enough evidence to make her husband the prime suspect.
At the time police theorised that Christa had fought while being strangled to death.
Rossie’s alibi during interrogation had been that he last saw his wife alive when he left the guest house at 3.45am to catch a Joburg flight.
Now, following a half-decade hiatus, the Kleinmond murder mystery is back in the spotlight with the inquest hearing into Christa’s murder, which began in the Caledon Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
In addition to highlighting the pliers, apparently found in the guest house workshop, the inquest also heard from Captain Danie Rautenbach that drops of Rossie’s blood had been found on a mat and towel found in the bathroom where Christa’s limp body had been found.
He also testified that when police viewed CCTV footage of Rossie passing through security at Cape Town International Airport he had looked “nervous”. Although it had been 12ºC that morning, said Rautenbach, Rossie had repeatedly wiped sweat from his brow while glancing nervously over his shoulder several times.
“It was as if he was expecting someone,” he said.
What had also been suspicious, said Rautenbach, was when he broke the news of the murder to Rossie and his family the husband fell flat onto the couch and started crying.
Then a minute later “the guy started discussing funeral arrangements”.
There was no contact at the inquest between Rossie and his son Ian.
Her husband repeatedly wiped sweat from his brow