2nd autopsy to be conducted on Mauritius murder victim

Lee-Ann Palmarozza was found dead at a resort where she was staying with Peter Wayne Roberts.

FILE: The Anahita Resort in Mauritius. Picture: anahita.mu

JOHANNESBURG - A South African businessman is expected to appear in a Mauritian court again this week after being provisionally charged with the murder of his girlfriend.

Lee-Ann Palmarozza's body was found floating in a luxury resort pool two weeks ago.

Johannesburg businessman Peter Wayne Roberts's lawyer told the Sunday Times that the legal system in Mauritius differs from South Africa and a person may be charged provisionally even though the investigation has not concluded.

Palmarozza was found dead at a resort at the island country where she was staying with Roberts.

At the time, Roberts told security officials the 35-year-old had disappeared after he went to take a shower.

According to the newspaper, a second autopsy is to be conducted before her body can be repatriated back to South Africa.

Last week, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said it was assisting Palmarozza's family with the repatriation of her body.

The family claims Palmarozza had bruises on her body and a head injury.

The South African government said Mauritius authorities are leading the investigation into Palmarozza's death while South African officials are assisting.

International Relations spokesperson Nelson Kgwete told Eyewitness News , "The entire legal procedure is being handled by Mauritian authorities and we will take the lead from them. All we are interested in is to ensure that justice is done and if there is any foul play we will see the perpetrators being held accountable."