DNA report awaited Ukrainian hiker's murder case
Publish date: 04 November 2019
Issue Number: 848
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
The investigation of three men accused of murdering Ukrainian hiker Ivan Ivanov is almost complete and now the state awaits DNA evidence. According to a report on the IoL site, the trio briefly appeared before Magistrate Goolam Bawa in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court when prosecutor Nicky Konisi gave an update. ‘All that's needed are DNA reports for a knife, believed to be the murder weapon, and for blood on the clothing of the accused,’ Konisi said. Only the identity of Sinaye Mposelwa can be revealed and the court ordered that the names of the other two accused be withheld until an identity parade is held. Mposelwa was arrested while fleeing the scene in possession of Ivanov’s backpack and seen walking with blood on his face. Ivanov was hiking when he was robbed of his backpack and stabbed to death near the East Fort at popular tourist spot Chapman's Peak on 27 July. The trio face charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. They are expected back in court on 4 December.