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Sun Jun 26 08:20:45 CAT 2016

SA millionaire's trial over girlfriend's pool death at Mauritius resort under way

Nashira Davids | 14 March, 2016 16:58
TRAGIC: Lee-Ann Palmarozza was found floating in a pool

The trial of a wealthy South African businessman started at the Supreme Court in Port Louis‚ Mauritius‚.

Peter Wayne Roberts of Johannesburg is accused of murdering his girlfriend Lee-Ann Palmarozza at one of the most opulent resorts on the island. Her body was found in the swimming pool at the five-star Anahita resort in December 2014 and he was arrested shortly thereafter.

His lawyer Marco Martini said his client had pleaded not guilty.

"Today they made a jury selection‚ [there was] an opening address and they led certain state witnesses...policemen mainly‚'' said Martini.

When asked how Roberts is dealing with the matter Martini said: "I am sure it is not pleasant to be in a foreign country. I think he is coping‚ that's my view.''

It has been reported that Roberts owns a villa at the resort where he has a butler‚ a private chef‚ a helicopter and a boat.

Palmarozza flew to Mauritius on Boxing Day to join Roberts after spending Christmas Day with her family in Henley-on-Klip in the Vaal in 2014.

The pair had lived between his Hyde Park mansion and his Umhlanga penthouse.

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