Cape Town – Polokwane high court reportedly sentenced a Zimbabwean national, Andrea Imbayarwo, to two life terms for the rape and murder of Briton Christine Robinson at Rra-Ditau Lodge in Thabazimbi, Limpopo.
Imbayarwo was Christine’s “trusted gardener”, reports said.
According to BBC News, Robinson was a retired teacher who was originally from Liverpool, United Kingdom. She travelled the world teaching English to foreign children in international schools.
After retirement, she settled in South Africa and got married to Robbie Robinson who died from cancer in 2012.
They owned a lodge.
After the death of her husband, Robinson ran the lodge alone, Times Live reported.
However, in July 2014 Robinson’s niece, Lehanne Sergison, who lives in London, said she received a call from a friend telling her that her aunt had been murdered.
“It is my understanding that she was late for a meeting on the Wednesday and one of the members of staff went to her house to remind her and found her in her bedroom wrapped in a duvet in a pool of blood. It was evident that she had been raped and stabbed in the neck,” the report quoted Sergison as saying.
Imbayarwo, who called himself Andrew Ndlovu at the time, flew out of the country after the murder and as a result, authorities had a tough time catching him.
He was the only suspect.
Sergison took matters into her hands and set a honeytrap via Facebook to track Imbayarwo. She was, however, unsuccessful.
But in 2020, with the help of Ian Cameron of Action Society, Sergison was able to lead police to Imbayarwo.
Sergison described her aunt as someone who was a “warm, cheerful, compassionate, kind-hearted and very popular human being, who enriched the lives of everyone she met,” BBC News reported.
Picture: Facebook/ South African Police Service
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo