Zimbabwean “trusted gardener” handed two life terms for raping and killing a lodge owner

A “trusted gardener” was handed two life terms on Thursday for the rape and murder of Briton Christine Robinson in 2014 at Rra-Ditau Lodge in Thabazimbi, Limpopo.

Andrea Imbayarwo, a Zimambwean national, was handed two life terms by the Polokwane high court and leave to appeal the sentence was denied.

Judge Marisa Naude-Odendaal the attack was brutal and heinous. The victim’s niece received news of Robinson’s passing from a friend in July 2014. “It is my understanding that she was late for a meeting on the Wednesday and one of the members of staff went to her house to remind her and found her in her bedroom wrapped in a duvet in a pool of blood. It was evident that she had been raped and stabbed in the neck,” she said.

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Sergison expected a quick arrest of the “trusted gardener” who called himself Andrew Ndlovu at the time. He was the only suspect at the time and the police said he left South Africa immediately after committing the crime. Sergison took matters into her own hands and tracked him down through Facebook and tried to trap him, but failed.

After the failed attempt, she finally managed to track Imbayarwo in 2020 and with the help of Ian Camron of Action Society. Sergison was able to lead the police to the suspect.

According to BBC News, Robinson was a retired teacher from Liverpool in the United Kingdom. After retirement she settled and got married in South Africa. Her husband died in 2012 and she ran the lodge alone.

Source: Times Live, Head Topics, African Insider, BBC News, image from Times Live of Andrea Imbayarwo

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