A hotel manager was charged with murder after the bodies of a young couple were found dead in the shower.
Kevin Pretorius, 47, is charged with the murders of Jean Vosloo, 25, and Mari Hoon, 28, whose lifeless bodies were found in the shower of his small hotel in Humansdorp, South Africa.
The engaged couple from Gauteng had spent a short break at the Kliphuis Guesthouse on a farm.
They were traveling with a friend who found their bodies.
Police opened an investigation into the couple’s death, who had no apparent injuries.
A toxicology report later found that they had succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning and that their blood levels contained more than 70 percent of the gas.
Known as the silent killer, carbon monoxide is odorless and is created when there is insufficient oxygen during combustion.
It poisons the body by preventing the red blood cells from carrying oxygen.
According to witnesses and experts, police charged Pretorius with the murder, although specific details of the breakthrough that led to the charges were not disclosed.
The police first said they believed a faulty gas boiler was to blame.
However, the charges arose from police interviews with several people, including experts, when the investigation began on April 26 last year.
Pretorius paid £ 50 bail and the hearing was postponed to May 24th.
He has so far refused to comment on the case and has refused to speak to reporters who have contacted him by phone.