Luyanda Botha allegedly raped 19 year old UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana twice, bludgeoned her with a scale, hid her body inside the safe of the post office, and then later dumped and doused with the corpse an accelerant before setting it alight.
These were the chilling details contained in the indictment that senior counsel for the State Rodney de Kock handed in Wynberg Magistrate’s Court this morning.
De Kock then informed Magistrate Goolam Bawa that the matter has been referred to the Western Cape High for pre-trial purposes next week Friday. The State is ready to proceed and it is expected that Botha would enter a plea.
The postal worker employed at Clarenreich Post Office in Claremont is accused of murdering the UCT student on August 24 2019 and dumping her body in Lingelethu West in Khayelitsha.
Her body was found two days after Luyanda Botha made a statement and lead investigators to where her body was hid.
According to the indictment the deceased purchased clothes online and the parcel was due for collection at Clarenreich Post Office. She had made inquiries on August 8 and was assisted by the accused who allegedly told Mrwetyana that the parcel was not ready for collection and that he would contact her when the parcel arrived.
According to the indictment:
“The parcel arrived on August 16, 2019 and on Saturday, August 24, she arrived at the post office after it was closed for business. The accused was alone inside the post office and let her in. The deceased was not seen alive again.”
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