Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)

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

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