Couple had moved to South Africa
A SECOND man will spend life in prison for the murders of a Welsh couple in South Africa.
Thulani Moses Mthembu was sentenced for the murders of Christine and Roger Solik, who moved from Abercynon to South Africa in 1981.
On October 27 Pietermaritzburg High Court convicted and sentenced Mthembu to two life terms for murder of the couple, as well as 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and five years for each count of kidnapping.
He had denied the offences and stood trial.
Xolani Brian Ndlovu, 38, pleaded guilty to the murders in October.
The couple were killed in a robbery at their farmland estate and were tied up and had pillow cases placed over their heads when they were thrown off a bridge into a river.
Mrs Solik, 57, was found dead in a river 45 miles from her home on February 17. The body of her husband, Roger, a 66-year-old Parkinson’s sufferer, was discovered three days later.
Ndlovu was given two life sentences after admitting their murders at Pietermaritzburg High Court in October.
He was also sentenced to 10 years for kidnapping and 15 years for house robbery.
KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner Maj Gen Langa said after Ndlovu was sentenced: “We hope this sentence will give closure to the family who lost their loved ones in a brutal manner.
“I congratulate the investigative team who persistently pursued the matter and gathered enough evidence and ensured that justice prevailed.”
In a victim impact statement read to the court their son, Gregory – also writing on behalf of his siblings – described the time since the murders as “disorientating, painful and beyond comprehension”.
At the time of their deaths their children described them as “inseparable”.
Lynne Thomas, a friend of the couple and a bridesmaid at their wedding, had said: “I have a lot of memories of Christine from when we were younger.
“She was a lovely, lovely person.”
Welsh expats Roger and Christine Solik were killed in a robbery at their farmland estate
Xolani Brian Ndlovu, 38