Saturday, 27 October 2007

Gardeners 'killed employer'

26/10/2007 21:25 - (SA)

Cape Town - The trial of two young gardeners who allegedly killed their female employer was postponed in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Siboleke Viti, 22, and Mizwabatitu Tengane, 24, would appear in court again on December 13.

Prosecutor Thembeka Mbadu told the court that post mortem statements and the results of DNA tests were still outstanding.

Magistrate Jasthree Steyn turned down a request by defence attorney Vrouna Grootboom for the two to be held at the Bellville South police cells.

The magistrate said awaiting trial prisoners could not be accommodated in the relative comfort of police cells, and that the two men would be held in Pollsmoor Prison.

The pair was arrested in Queenstown on June 13, the day after Rene Vermeulen's battered body was found in a black refuse bag in her Maitland home.

Vermeulen lived with her mother, who said the two men had wanted to borrow money from her, and had followed her to an ATM.


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