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Man pleads guilty to murdering his sex client

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The Port Elizabeth High Court found a 34-year-old Ralton Juan Cthristopher Koetaan guilty for murdering his sex client, a 69-year-old Jean Lombard.

According to The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa, Koentaan “was found guilty after he pleaded guilty in the same court.”

Lombard was Koetaan’s gardening services company client since 2016, were the accused and colleagues did lawn maintenance at the deceased’s dwellings at Hokaai Farm situated in the outskirts of Port Elizabeth.

NPA SA said in Koetaan’s guilty plea, he “said towards the end of 2018 while working on the lawn he asked Lombard to use his bathroom as he had a stomach problem. Lombard agreed, but while he was inside the toilet [Lombard] came in. He started with his private parts. He said [Lombard] told him to go to his bedroom when he was done using the toilet. He went to the bedroom and found Lombard lying on the bed with his pants lowered and his private parts exposed.”

“Lombard asked him to masturbate him until he ejaculated and promised to give him money. He did and Lombard gave him R620. This became a regular occurrence and received no less than R500 for each session.”

Koetaan kept doing the work for Lombard, one day Lombard called Koentaan to come do the work and he didn’t pay him as he said he’ll pay him next time, that was on the 26th of April 2019.

Unfortunately, Koetaan had no taxi fare, he had to walk for around 10 to 12 hours to get home.

Koetaan “then stormed out of the bedroom, went to the storeroom and came back with a slasher’s handle. He hit Lombard on the head a number of times until he fell down. Then Koetaan tied him with an electric cord. Koetaan then pillaged the house and took a number of items including a 6.35mm calibre browning pistol, ammunition and a cellphone. He also stole a bicycle which belonged to a man was employed at the farm.”

Lombard’s body was discovered three days later by a 59-year-old employee when he went to report for duty.

Later Koetaan was arrested and Senior State Prosecutor, Advocate Marius Stander accepted Koetaan’s guilty plea.

Judge Irma Schoeman convicted Koetaan of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, theft, and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

NPA said “the case was postponed to 23 March 2021 for the court to receive a victim impact statement.”

Source: NPA South Africa