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George man to be charged for girlfriend’s murder, due in court

Police found that the woman succumbed to multiple injuries with signs of blunt trauma and visible bruises on her body and head

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A 46-year-old man is expected to make an appearance before the George Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 28 March 2022, in connection with the death of his girlfriend.

According to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Western Cape, the man had alerted them about the woman’s “sudden” death, but when they got to his home in Pacaltsdorp, the scene raised some questions than answers. Preliminary evidence led them to believe the man’s girlfriend,  30-year-old Andrisia Alaart, died froma struggle with him.

“… when members responded to the scene at their residence in Llama Street, Dellville Part, Pacaltsdorp, they found the victim on a mattress on the living room floor. She had already succumbed to multiple injuries with signs of blunt trauma and visible bruises on her body and head. Upon further investigation of the scene, police members found blood traces in the hallway as well as in the second bedroom of the house, indicating a possible physical altercation,” said SAPS Western Cape spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie.

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Western Cape police say they will conduct an autopsy on Andrisia Alaart to determine the actual cause of death and essentially give more clarity. The boyfriend was subsequently taken in for questioning and is currently detained at the Pacaltsdorp police holding cells on a charge of murder.

“The Western Cape Provincial management has condemned such acts of violence aimed against our vulnerable, especially women, especially during a month where we are supposed to observe the fundamental rights of all and speak out against Gender-based violence and Femicide,” Pojie added.

It was just last month that convicted rapist and murderer, Revticken Patrick Muller, was sentenced to a life term and ten years imprisonment. This was for the rape and murder of Bianca Chantel Matroos, another George woman. Matroos had been last seen in his company, and her body was discovered on 17 November 2019, between two concrete blocks in the unkempt grounds of the George Riding Club. Police arrested Muller on 24 November 2019 at the same club where he met Matroos. 

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