Cape Town – An 18-year-old has reportedly been arrested for the murder of Western Cape magistrate and former prosecutor, Romay van Rooyen.
Van Rooyen was found dead in her bedroom in her house in Red Roman Street, Marina da Gama on Saturday, September 1o.
The suspect was reportedly arrested at this home in Mitchels Plain where the deceased’s vehicle was later discovered, reports EWN.
According to the report, the suspect was arrested on Tuesday after the Hawks detectives linked him to the murder.
He was expected to appear at the Muizenberg Magistrates Court on Thursday, the report said.
The arrest was made possible by multi-disciplinary operation comprising the Hawks Crimes Against the State, National Priority Violent Crime Investigation, Digital Forensic Investigation and Priority Crime Management Centre, reported IOL.
Van Rooyen started her career as a prosecutor in 1997 before becoming a State advocate in the Western Cape High Court, the report said.
She became an acting magistrate in 2016 and presided at various magistrates courts in the Western Cape and was permanently appointed as additional magistrate for the Vredenburg Magistrate Court from October 1 last year.
Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the family of the deceased and described her murder as an attack on the justice system and a direct attack on the State, the report said.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe