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Married Gqeberha couple who killed their business partner and hid the body in a flowerbed face trial

In what was famously dubbed as the flower box murder, the Eastern Cape couple that killed their business partner is set to be tried.

Married couple Phillip Bakkes and Nadine Kitching-Bakkes stand accused of the murder of business partner, Wynand Hibbers

After killing Hibbers, they buried the body in a flower bed to conceal the crime. 

They also face fraud charges after they allegedly made several monetary transactions in Hibbers’ name. They are yet to plead to the charges.

Hibbers went missing in 2008 on what would have been his 42nd birthday and his remains were discovered in the concrete structure of a flower box on the property by a gardener four years later.

It is alleged Hibbers and Bakkes, who were business partners in a transport company, at one stage did not see eye to eye.

The couple were arrested four years after a 2013 inquest into the murder. They were released on warning in August 2017.

And while their trial is finally expected to get under way, murder accused Sibusiso Mchunu is expected back in court for the continuation of his trial.

His case was postponed in January for medical reasons.

Source: https://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2022-05-22-long-wait-over-as-flower-box-murder-trial-set-to-begin/

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