Footprint evidence in brothel slaying

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Octavia Mulder outside the Cape Town Magistrate's Court. Photo: Jason Boud

Cape Town - Footprints detected where brothel owner Pedro Lopez, 38, was found dead on May 8 will shed light on who was inside his Oranjezicht house on the night he was stabbed 20 times.

A footprint comparison report has not yet been filed in the case against Lopez’s employee, Octavia Mulder, 20, and her boyfriend, Trevor Darries, 26, who face a murder charge.

 Mulder testified during her bail application that she and Darries, both from Mitchells Plain, had gone to see Lopez that night to confront him about money he owed her for working as a make-up artist at the brothel.

She was granted R1 000 bail in July.

On Wednesday, prosecutor Nation Loliwe told the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court that “a few issues needed to be finalised” in the docket.

Asking for a postponement, Loliwe said the footprint comparison report, cellphone records and a witness statement had yet to be obtained.

Isaac Korasie, for Mulder, asked that if a postponement was granted, it should be marked “final, for further investigation” as the case had been on the court roll since May.

Chantal Gillian, for Darries, objected, saying her client had been in jail since May 13 and that his bail application had been refused last month.

Magistrate Alta Fredericks granted a final postponement until February 3.

Cape Argus

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