Guatemalan murder-accused, Diego Novella, is back in the Western Cape High Court on trial for the murder of his American marketing executive girlfriend Gabriella Kabrins Alban. FILE PHOTO: Courtney Africa/ANA PHOTO

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Guatemalan murder-accused Novella back in court

JOHANNESBURG, October 11 – The case against Guatemalan murder-accused Diego Novella is expected to continue in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

Novella is accused of murdering his American marketing executive girlfriend Gabriela Kabrins Alban, after 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.

Alban’s 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.

Earlier in the trial, a fingerprint expert 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.


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