Hefty sentence handed down to accused for the murder of British businesswoman

POLOKWANE - The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the hefty sentence handed down against an accused by the Limpopo Division of the High Court in Polokwane today, 21 April 2022. This after he was convicted of raping and brutally killing a 55-year-old businesswoman who was a British National.

The accused, a 32 years old Zimbabwean national, Andrea Imbayarwo was sentenced to two life imprisonments for raping and killing Christine Robinson, who was the owner of Raditau Lodge in Thabazimbi in the Waterberg District. This horrendous crime was committed during 2014.

The deceased was found in her bedroom in the morning of 30 July 2014 at about 07:30. The police were called and on arrival at the scene, the victim was found with the knife still stuck in her neck. She was certified dead by the paramedics.

Police commenced with investigations and it soon transpired that the accused, who was employed at the said Lodge, was missing. It was then discovered that the same person hired a vehicle to take him to Beitbridge Border Post with the aim to go to Zimbabwe. On 30 July 2020, the Police received information from a reliable source of the location of the accused and he was arrested.

Further investigations revealed that the victim was also raped and robbed of some valuables. The accused was never granted bail until he was sentenced.

The investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Monako Gordon DIkobe of Thabazimbi Police Station was tasked with investigations.

Source: South African Police Service