Suspects in Ritman’s murder to lodge bail applications

GOBABIS: The two accused in the murder of Rudolf Ritman – his estranged wife Rachel Ritman and her alleged lover Ryno Ricardo du Preez – will on Tuesday start proceedings into a formal bail hearing.
The first accused in the matter, Ritman, 42, has already lodge her bail application to be heard by Gobabis Magistrate Victor Nyazo, while the 28-year-old Du Preez indicated on Friday that he too will lodge a bail application.

The two made a short appearance in the Gobabis Magistrate’s Court on Friday, but had the start of their bail hearing was postponed to Tuesday on account of an apology tendered by Ritman’s defence counsel who could not make it to court on the day. Both accused are held in connection with the 35-year-old Rudolf Ritman’s murder on 23 August 2013. They each face one count of murder amongst other charges relating to his death. Rachel was still married to Rudolf at the time of the murder.

According to police records, the couple had been having marital problems which would often lead to temporary separation stints.It is suspected that the two accused in the matter plotted the man’s murder and worked together to that effect. On that fateful day, Rachel Ritman allegedly fed her husband unidentified tablets through a drink, which caused him to become drowsy and lose concentration.

She allegedly then called in Du Preez, who was nearby, to kill Rudolf. The police suspects he was stabbed several times all over his body with a sharp object, presumably a knife, as he lay in a state of confusion on his bed. The two accused then allegedly loaded his body into his car and drove it up to the place where the car was found burned. They apparently set the vehicle on fire in an effort to cover their tracks.

In addition to the murder charge, the duo each face a count of defeating or obstructing the cause of justice by setting the deceased body, and a count of violating a body by setting the body alight.
They also face another count of malicious damage to property for setting Rudolf’s car alight in an effort to cover their tracks.

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