Cape Town - A Mitchells Plain couple, charged with the murder of Oranjezicht brothel owner Pedro Lopez, have taken the first step towards finalising the case through a plea and sentence agreement.

This emerged in the Western Cape High Court yesterday when Octavia Mulder and her boyfriend, Trevor Daries, appeared for a pre-trial conference in connection with murder and aggravated robbery charges. Lopez, who died after he was stabbed several times on May 8 last year, employed Mulder as a make-up artist.

The State alleges there was a scuffle between Daries and Lopez that night after Lopez refused to give Mulder money that he owed her. Daries, who had a knife, then allegedly stabbed Lopez in the back, chest, arm and feet.

In court yesterday, State advocate Megan Blows told Judge Robert Henney that the defence had “expressed a desire” to enter into plea bargain negotiations. Judge Henney postponed the case to June 20, but told them they could approach him in chambers if an agreement was reached before that date.

Weekend Argus