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Kareedouw guesthouse owner in court on double murder charge

Jéan Vosloo and Mari Hoon

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A Kareedouw guesthouse owner appeared in court in Humansdorp on Tuesday in connection with the death of a couple whose bodies were found in a shower almost a year ago.

Police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli, said 47-year-old Kevin Pretorius was arrested on Tuesday and appeared in court on the same day on two counts of murder.

“Pretorius’ arrest follows an extensive investigation, which started on Sunday, 26 April 2020 as an inquest,” Nkohli said.

He said this followed the discovery of the bodies of 25-year-old Jéan Vosloo and 28-year-old Mari Hoon in the bathroom of his Kliphuis Guesthouse on Zuuranys farm about 17 kilometres outside Kareedouw. 

Nkholi said police initially opened an inquest to determine the cause of death, as there were no visible injuries. 

“Later on, a toxicology report had revealed that the couple died of carbon monoxide poisoning,” he said.

Pretorius was granted bail of R1000 and the matter postponed to 24 May in the Humansdorp Regional Court.