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Gardener goes on trial over rape and murder of retired British teacher in South Africa

A gardener has right now gone on trial for the rape and murder of a 59-year-old retired British teacher at her South African safari resort. 

Christine Robinson’s alleged killer Andrew Ndlovu was tracked down by her niece in July 2020 in a honeytrap operation following six years of detective work. 

Liverpool-born Robinson was discovered by police in July 2014 semi-naked wrapped in a blood-soaked cover along with her throat slashed on the 125 acre Rra-Ditau lodge she ran alone following the demise of her husband. 

She had drawn out £3,500 to pay employees on the luxurious 30 visitor lodge 150 miles north of Johannesburg on the Botswana border days earlier than the assault, investigators later stated.   

Prime suspect Ndlovu, then 24, vanished and was thought to have slipped again over the border to his native Zimbabwe, however later returned to South Africa the place he was tracked down by Robinson’s niece, Lehanne Sergison. 

Ndlovu, 32, who now goes by Andrea Imbayarwo, appeared in Polokwane High Court in Limpopo Province on Monday. He pleaded not responsible to rape and murder earlier than the case was adjourned till the trial right now.   

Defence lawyer Desmond Nonyane has requested for the rape charged to be thrown out. He instructed the court docket on Monday that it was not potential to determine whether or not any sexual contact between Ndlovu and Robinson was consensual as a result of Robinson is lifeless. He additionally stated that state prosecutors had not managed to position Ndlovu on the scene.  

But prosecutor George Sekhukhune stated the Ndlovu’s semen was discovered in Robinson’s rooms, inserting him on the scene of the crime. He additionally stated telephone information confirmed Ndlovu asking one other worker for a elevate to the Zimbabwean border, including: ‘This is a present of a person on the run’. 

A gardener has today gone on trial for the rape and murder of 59-year-old retired British teacher Christine Robinson (pictured) at her South African safari resort in July 2014

A gardener has right now gone on trial for the rape and murder of 59-year-old retired British teacher Christine Robinson (pictured) at her South African safari resort in July 2014

Robinson's alleged killer Andrew Ndlovu, 32, (pictured) was tracked down by her niece in July 2020 in a honeytrap operation following six years of detective work

Robinson’s alleged killer Andrew Ndlovu, 32, (pictured) was tracked down by her niece in July 2020 in a honeytrap operation following six years of detective work

Police experiences on the time stated Robinson put up an enormous wrestle for all times towards her attacker who raped her then tried to strangle her then lastly stabbed her to demise in her bed room. 

She had defence wounds to her arms and palms and police on the time stated it was clear from the furnishings all over the place she had fought again however she was repeatedly stabbed and her throat was slit. 

She was discovered by fearful employees who broke down her locked door when she didn’t seem for work the next morning. When police arrived, Ndlovu was the one member of employees unaccounted for. 

Progress in the case slowed when officers realised Ndlovu, the prime suspect, had possible fled over the border to Zimbabwe.  

But Robinson’s niece Sergison, from Bickley, Kent, took up the cost after rising infuriated by the dearth of progress by the police crew in South Africa or the British Foreign Office.

She delivered a petition to Downing Street in 2014 begging then Prime Minister David Cameron to take motion, although nothing was accomplished. 

Officials then instructed Sergison she must wait three years for a proper extradition course of to convey Ndlovu again to South Africa from Zimbabwe. 

But Sergison believed that he had already returned and arrange a pretend Facebook web page posing as a reasonably South African air stewardess and befriended Ndlovu’s contacts in a bid to lure him right into a lure.     

Robinson's niece Sergison (pictured outside No10) took up the charge after growing infuriated by the lack of progress. She delivered a petition to Downing Street  in 2014 begging then Prime Minister David Cameron to take action, though nothing was done

Robinson’s niece Sergison (pictured exterior No10) took up the cost after rising infuriated by the dearth of progress. She delivered a petition to Downing Street  in 2014 begging then Prime Minister David Cameron to take motion, although nothing was accomplished

Tragically in 2012 Robbie from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who had two children from a previous marriage, died of cancer but Christine decided to carry on running it alone

Tragically in 2012 Robbie from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who had two youngsters from a earlier marriage, died of most cancers however Christine determined to hold on working it alone

The 125 acre Rra-Ditau game lodge in the foothills of the Waterberg Mountain Range near Thabazimbi in Limpopo Province

The 125 acre Rra-Ditau recreation lodge in the foothills of the Waterberg Mountain Range close to Thabazimbi in Limpopo Province

In 2019 she found he was utilizing a Facebook alibi, traced it and discovered he was utilizing relationship websites. Using her pretend id, Sergison approached Ndlovu, telling him ‘he was scorching’.

She organized a date with him in Johannesburg the place he lived and gave detectives a fortnight to organize a plan, telling him that she was on lengthy haul and wouldn’t be again till then.

Sergison requested South African police to arrange a sting operation with an undercover officer attending the date. But officers stated it was not potential resulting from ‘purple tape’ and the date by no means happened. 

Spooked, Ndlovu disappeared solely resurfacing in February 2020 when he he posted an image of himself on his pretend Facebook web page on his birthday and Sergison began monitoring him once more. 

He refused to reply to her messages and Sergison modified tack, posting an image of him on her Facebook web page and asking South Africans to assist discover him.    

Sergison wrote on Facebook: ‘Six years in the past right now this man raped and murdered my aunt Christine Robinson. Andrew Ndlovu remains to be a free man having fun with his life after taking hers.’ 

Ian Cameron, Community Safety Directory at civil rights group Action Society, noticed Sergison’s enchantment and reposted it on his personal social media pages.

A contact finally got here ahead and instructed Cameron, who attended the unique murder scene, of Ndlovu whereabouts. 

Cameron handed the knowledge on to the police who raided the suspect’s lodgings at his employers home in Brixton, Johannesburg, and arrested him. 

The suspect, who is now a construction worker, was arrested in Johannesburg in July 2020 by a specially put together South African Police team of experienced officers

The suspect, who’s now a building employee, was arrested in Johannesburg in July 2020 by a specifically put collectively South African Police crew of skilled officers

Sergison on the time stated: ‘The Foreign Office had been ineffective and my MP Bob Neill was only a waste of house and I may get no assist from the South African Police so I used to be on my very own.

‘I almost obtained him as soon as with a honey lure however the South African Police couldn’t get their act collectively and after I obtained images of him the Foreign Office warned me to not put up on social media.

‘I obtained so annoyed that on the sixth anniversary of my aunt’s murder I posted one anyway on social media and inside 12 hours due to AfriForum this man was locked in handcuffs. I want to thank the very courageous one that got here ahead and recognized him.

‘This morning I posted on Facebook an enchantment to search out my aunt’s killer and went to my native backyard centre to purchase lavender which she cherished and the following factor I do know we now have an arrest. I used to be by no means going to surrender on my aunt and I hope she will now relaxation in peace,’ she stated.

Cameron stated: ‘Six years in the past I attended the murder scene as half of my job to assist increase consciousness of what is going on with regard to farm and recreation lodge assaults.

‘It was a really brutal murder and now to be half of the arrest of the prime suspect was very particular and I’m so happy for Lehanne and now justice have to be seen to play its half.

‘When I reposted and retweeted Lehanne’s put up it was shared over 70,000 instances and then I obtained this message out of the blue from somebody who knew him and gave his particulars.

‘After that issues moved rapidly and later that night the prime suspect was behind bars.’ 

Finally Sergison decided if nobody was going to try and bring her aunt's alleged killer to justice she would do it alone and began her own investigation worthy of Agatha Christie. She posted this on social media on the sixth anniversary of her aunt's death

Finally Sergison determined if no one was going to strive and convey her aunt’s alleged killer to justice she would do it alone and started her personal investigation worthy of Agatha Christie. She posted this on social media on the sixth anniversary of her aunt’s demise

Original investigating officer retired South African Police Colonel Sakkie Louwrens stated on the time: ‘It has taken six years to the day however the man suspected of murdering Christine Robinson is in custody.

‘He is being taken to the unique police station the place his DNA and fingerprints shall be checked with that discovered on the scene and I anticipate the investigation to maneuver alongside in a short time.

‘I’m delighted for the household that finally this man is in custody and dealing with justice.’

Robinson and her retired RAF mechanic husband Daniel ‘Robbie’ Robinson purchased the sport park in 2002 and turned it right into a thriving business reverse a Big 5 recreation reserve.

Tragically in 2012 Robbie from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who had two youngsters from a earlier marriage, died of most cancers however Christine determined to hold on working it alone. 

She had taught English in a string of worldwide colleges all over the world earlier than meeting Robbie whereas educating in Kuwait. They had been married in 2005. 

The trial continues.  

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