Thursday 31 July 2014
News / Twins lose both parents in six months

The recent murder of Dustan Blom is the latest in a series of tragedies to have struck the well-known Van der Walt family in the past seven months.

Dustan’s wife, Talita van der Walt Blom, died while giving birth to Jarred and Talita on 11 March, the day of her uncle’s funeral. Johan van der Walt died suddenly on 6 March.

The babies have been living with Talita’s family in Potchefstroom since being discharged from hospital.

On September 22 Blom’s body was found in the boot of his Nissan Qashqai in a parking lot at Montecasino. It is believed that he was strangled to death at his home in Northriding four days earlier. A 24-year-old former stripper, Maruschka Robinson, was arrested the next day and made her first court appearance on September 25. Jean-Pierre Malan (32) was arrested later and both appeared in court on Wednesday. The case has been postponed till 9 October for further investigation.

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