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Man jailed for life for murdering Welsh couple in South Africa

A 38-year-old man has been jailed for life for murdering Welsh couple Roger and Christine Solik in South Africa.

Christine and Roger Solik were killed following an armed robbery. Credit: Wales News Service

Xolani Brian Ndlovu, 38, covered the couple's heads with pillow cases before throwing them off a bridge into a river.

The bodies of the 66 and 57-year-old grandparents were later found in the Izinga River, around 45 miles from their home where they had moved to from Abercynon in the 1980s.

A post mortem found Mr Solik, who had Parkinson's Disease, died from being suffocated.

The examination on her body found Mrs Solik was still alive when she was thrown into the river.

She suffered multiple stab wounds and died from drowning.

Ndlovu admitted murdering the Welsh couple at Pietermaritzburg High Court and was sentenced to two life sentences.

He was also given 10 years for kidnapping and 15 years for house robbery at their home in KwaZulaNatal, about 100 miles from Durban.

A second man, Thulani Moses Mthembu, 43, is accused of taking part in the murders on February 17 this year, but denies the charges and his trial continues.

Credit: South African Police Service

State advocate Zithulele Nxumalo described the killings as 'callous and brutal in the extreme.'

Their son, Gregory, described his family's experience since the murders as 'disorientating, painful and beyond comprehension.'