Farmhouse murder mystery: EC SAPS make breakthrough in ‘bizarre case’

Almost a year after the bodies of two holidaymakers were found in an en-suite bathroom at an Eastern Cape B&B, police have made a ‘significant arrest’ this week. Farmhouse owner Kevin Pretorius has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder, and a court date has been set down for the 47-year-old at the end of May.

Eastern Cape farmhouse murder mystery ‘solved’

Mari Hoon (28) and Jéan Vosloo (25) were enjoying a long weekend at the Zuuranys farm in Kareedouw with a friend in April 2020. However, their travelling companion was to make a horrific discovery: The young couple were both dead inside the shower. With no visible injuries or signs of a struggle, police were initially left baffled.

However, toxicology reports soon revealed that the pair had been killed by a carbon monoxide leak. Unhappy with the strange circumstances surrounding these deaths, SAPS officials dug a little deeper, and their hard work eventually paid off with the arrest of Pretorius on Tuesday. It is believed the suspect deliberately poisoned the farmhouse guests.

Suspect secures bail ahead of court appearance

SAPS released an official statement on the matter earlier on Wednesday. Despite being suspected of a double murder, Pretorius has secured his temporary freedoms via a R1 000 bail payment – subject to strict conditions.

“The accused, Kevin Pretorius (47), briefly appeared at the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court this week, and was later released on R 1 000 bail. The farmhouse owner is facing two charges of murder.”

“Pretorius’ arrest follows an extensive investigation, which started on Sunday, 26 April 2020 as an inquest, after a couple were found dead in the bathroom of his Kliphuis Guesthouse on Zuuranys farm about 17 kilometres outside Kareedou. The case has been postponed to Monday 24 May 2021 – and moved to the Humansdorp Regional Court.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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