CAPE TOWN, September 13 – The case against Guatemalan murder-accused Diego Novella continues in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.
Novella has been accused of murdering his American marketing executive girlfriend Gabriela Kabrins Alban. Her body was discovered in the room she was sharing with Novella at an upmarket boutique hotel in Camps Bay on July 29, 2015. She had been strangled and had suffered blunt force trauma.
Her face was covered with chips and faeces and a note had been left on her body with the Spanish word “cerote” scrawled on it, which means piece of shit. A fingerprint expert has testified that Novella’s fingerprint was found on the note. Novella was arrested on the same day, a few hours after hotel staff found Alban’s body.
He has pleaded not guilty and in his plea statement, Novella, who is from a prominent and wealthy family in Guatemala, claimed he had been in an abnormal mental state after having taken hallucinogenic substances.