Zimbabwean gets two life sentences for murder, rape and robbery

BY REX MPHISA
A SOUTH African High Court on Thursday handed down two life in jail sentences to Zimbabwean Andrea Imbayarwo, 32, for raping and murdering a British national who had a business in Thabazimbi, Limpopo Province.

The victim, 55-year-old Christine Robinson was found with the murder weapon, a knife, still lodged in her neck by police who attended the scene in 2014.

A South African Police Service (Saps) media statement issued on Thursday said the Limpopo Division of the High Court on April 21 delivered the two life terms following Imbayarwo conviction.

“The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the hefty sentence handed down against a foreign national by the Limpopo Division of the High Court in Polokwane today, 21 April 2022 against a foreign national.

This after he was convicted of raping and brutally killing a 55 year old businesswoman who was a British National,” Saps said in the media release.

“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,” Saps said in the statement released by spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Malesela Ledwaba of Limpopo Province.

The deceased was found in her bedroom in the morning of 30 July 2014 at about 07:30 hours.

The police had been called and on arrival at the scene, the victim was found with the knife still stuck in her neck. She was certified dead on the scene by the paramedics, he said.

Investigations revealed that Imbayarwo then employed at the lodge, was missing and known to have hired a car to the Beitbridge Border Post intending to leave for Zimbabwe.

Some six years later, On 30 July 2020 Saps received reliable intelligence information of the Imbayarwo’s location resulting in his arrest.

“Further investigations revealed the victim was also raped and robbed of some valuables. Imbayarwo was never granted bail until he was sentenced,” said Ledwaba.

Credit was also given to the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Monako Gordon DIkobe of Thabazimbi Police Station.

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