A Zimbabwean national was sentenced to two life sentences by the High Court in Polokwane on Thursday for the rape and murder of a British business woman, a 55-year-old Christine Robinson, the owner of Raditau Lodge in Thabazimbi, Limpopo.
The accused, 33-year- old Andrea Imbayorwo who worked at the lodge also stole valuable goods from his employer before fleeing the crime scene
Limpopo Police spokesperson, Lt Col Malesela Ledwada said Robinson’s lifeless body was discovered in her bedroom at around 7.30 am on July 30, 2014.
“The police were called to the scene, and upon arrival, they found the victim with the knife still stuck in her neck.” “Paramedics pronounced her dead,” said Lt Col Ledwaba.
He stated that following the investigation, police found that the accused, who was working at the same lodge, had disappeared.
“It was then discovered that the same person had on same day the crime was committed, hired a vehicle to take him to Beitbridge Border Post with the intention of fleeing to Zimbabwe,” said police spoksesperson.
He said the accused was arrested on July 30, 2020, after police received a reliable tip about his location.
“Further investigation revealed that the suspect also stole Robinson’s valuable items after he killed her.”
Ledwaba said that Imbayarwo was denied bail until he was sentenced to two life sentences in prison.