April 16, 2021

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Observe | Court docket finds German few responsible of killing compatriot in Jap Cape

  • The courtroom found Jens Leunberg and his girlfriend, Kristina Adler, guilty of the murder of Claus Schroeder.
  • The murder transpired on a farm in Hankey in 2009. 
  • Schroeder’s physique was hardly ever discovered.

A German couple has been located guilty of murdering an additional German nationwide right after the target, who had marketed a farm to the few, visited to come across out when the income for the sale would be transferred.

The Jap Cape Significant Courtroom in Port Elizabeth on Friday located Jens Leunberg, 42, and his girlfriend, Kristina Adler, 44, responsible of the murder of Claus Schroeder, as well as accessory to murder and fraud.

In accordance to the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Leunberg and Adler to start with frequented South Africa in May well 2007 for a holiday and, a 12 months later on, frequented the nation on enterprise and spousal visas, which were being fraudulent.

NPA spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani mentioned the couple experienced satisfied the sufferer and his wife, Tanja, in Jeffreys Bay in 2007.

“Adler and Leunberg then indicated to the Schroeders that they ended up fascinated in buying a farm in the Jeffreys Bay place. The Schroeders noticed this as an prospect to sell their farm, Owvanuk, near Thornhill, in the district of Hankey,” Ngcakani explained.

The court docket listened to that, on 18 Oct 2007, a memorandum of an settlement for the invest in and sale was drawn up involving Thornhill Ubuntu Tourism Things to do CC, the purchaser, represented by Adler, and DTTC Investments CC, the vendor, represented by Tanja, for the sale of the farm for R8.5 million.

“The purchaser undertook to furnish the vendor with evidence that they had obtained a mortgage by 15 November 2007. The purchaser more undertook to spend the vendor R13 000 per thirty day period as occupational lease for the farm, from 15 January 2008 till the farm experienced been transferred into the title purchasers.”

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Adler then furnished Tanja with a fraudulent lender assurance, for the amount of money of R8.5 million, from the ING Financial institution in Germany on 13 November 2007.

“Induced by the misrepresentations, the Schroeders granted Leunberg and Adler profession of Owvanuk Farm on 15 January 2008.”

Just before murdering Claus, Leunberg and Adler fully commited yet another act of fraud though applying for a small business permit for Thornhill Ubuntu Tourism Pursuits CC at the Office of Household Affairs on 11 April 2008.

“The office necessary a certification from a chartered accountant that mentioned that at least R2.5 million in dollars and a funds contribution of at least R500 000, originating from abroad, was offered to be invested as component of the ebook benefit of the organization.

“Adler and Leunberg submitted a fraudulent Deutsche Financial institution on line printout held in the identify of Adler, which indicated that, on 5 May 2008, her account experienced an amount of money of Euro 347 252.62.”

In excess of a calendar year soon after the sale arrangement was signed, Schroeder frequented the farm on 14 August 2009 as he was worried that the R8.5 million had not still been transferred.

Ngcakani mentioned Leunberg lured Claus to a ravine, underneath the pretense that his motor vehicle experienced gotten trapped. As soon as there, he killed him.

It is not known how Schroeder was murdered as his system was by no means found, but witnesses stated they observed Leunberg arise from the bushes with blood on his garments.

Ngcakani added that DNA evidence was also located in Leunberg’s vehicle, irrespective of the point that the few had experimented with to wipe the car down adhering to the murder.

The German couple was arrested around a 12 months afterwards.

Handing down the verdict, Choose Thembekile Malusi explained he was glad the condition had verified its circumstance beyond sensible doubt and discovered Leunberg responsible of murder and two counts of fraud.

He more found Adler responsible of staying an accent to murder and two counts of fraud.

The make a difference has been postponed to 7, 8 and 9 April 2021 for sentencing processes.


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