A NIECE who snared her aunt’s alleged killer from 6,000 miles away has told of her relief – after he was charged with murder.
Lehanne Sergison, 50, turned detective to hunt down the fugitive suspected of murdering widow Christine Robinson, 59, in South Africa in July 2014.
Prime suspect Andrea Imbayarwo was arrested in Johannesburg after Ms Serigson lured him in with a Facebook honeytrap.
Now the 31-year-old has appeared in court where he was formally indicted on charges of murder, rape and aggravated robbery.
The Zimbabwean was also indicted on immigration offences, as well as housebreaking with the intent of committing an offence. He’ll face trial in the country’s High Court in April 2022.
Lehanne, of Bickley in Kent, spent six years on the trail of her aunt’s suspected killer – and flirted with him under the guise of glamorous air stewardess Missy Falcao.
The name was inspired those of her greyhounds Slow Lane Missy and Phoenix Falcao.
She sent saucy midnight messages on Facebook in a bid to reel in Imbayarwo, who worked as a gardener at the safari lodge run by widow Mrs Robinson.
She finally set up a date with Ndlovu in Johannesburg and tipped off police – but frustratingly he didn’t turn up.
Finally, after a seven-month absence from Facebook, he appeared in February, posting a birthday selfie on the social networking site.
Lehanne then posted his photo on the internet – and the post was shared 70,000 times.
Ndlovu was arrested within hours.
Lehanne, 50, said: “When Chrissie was killed, I promised her I wouldn’t rest until there was justice.
“We were so close.
“I thought he would never be caught unless I did it myself.
“It’s been horrendous not knowing if the South African authorities were going to bring charges.
“At one stage it looked in doubt because they have such a backlog of cases as a result of Covid.
“I’m extremely relieved he’ll finally face a trial.”
Mrs Robinson, a former teacher from Speke in Merseyside, ran the sprawling 125-acre safari lodge on the edge of the stunning Marakele National Park, 150 miles north of Johannesburg.
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Her body was found bundled inside a duvet with the £3,500 wages she had earlier withdrawn to pay staff stolen.
She was reportedly stabbed.
Imbayarwo, who also goes by the last name Ndlovu, was remanded in custody after his court appearance this week.