Missing British botanist’s body positively identified

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The Hawks have confirmed that the body believed to be that of Cape Town-based British botanist, Rachel Saunders was, certainly, hers.

A case of kidnapping was investigated by police in February, following her disappearance – alongside along with her 75-year-old husband, Rodney – which led to the arrest of Sayfudeen Aslam Del Vecchio, Fatima Patel, Jackson Ahmad Mussa and Thembamandla Kwanele Xulu in March.

Rodney’s body was positively identified in April after it was found on 17 February within the banks of the Tugela river in KwaZulu-Natal and, as eNCA stories, the youngest of the 4 suspects, 19-year-old Xulu entered right into a plea cut price with the state.

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Following an in depth search round mortuaries, Rachel’s body was identified when one of many unidentified our bodies turned out to be hers.

“Xulu subsequently entered into a plea bargain with the state in terms of Section 105A of the Criminal Procedure Act, and he was convicted and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, suspended for five years for illegal possession of stolen property,” Hawks spokesperson, Lloyd Ramovha stated.

“The other three accused remain in custody, and they are expected to appear at the Verulam magistrate’s court on 24 August to face a raft of charges including; kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances two counts of murder, possession of stolen property.”

The teenager was arrested after the couple’s cellphones have been present in his possession and continues to be because of seem in court docket once more on 24 August on homicide, kidnapping and theft prices.

Following the couple’s disappearance, over R700 000 was reportedly drained from their financial institution accounts, and their automotive was discovered with blood marks.

According to stories, the couple have been positioned into sleeping luggage earlier than they have been thrown into the river.

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