Bombshell allegations rock Riana kidnapping hearing

Bay biokineticist’s ex-boyfriend denies defence lawyer’s claims that couple played a role in extortion plot

A lawyer for one of the men accused of kidnapping biokineticist Riana Pretorius has levelled startling allegations against the victim and her ex-boyfriend, accusing them of having devised a plan to extort R1.1m from her father.

The Gqeberha regional court heard how struggling business interests and personal financial woes allegedly gave Pretorius’s ex-boyfriend, Carel du Preez, motive to orchestrate her kidnapping for ransom — with the help of the victim herself. ..

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