Camps Bay murder accused moved to hospital wing of prison

Diego Novella's lawyer asked the court that his client be moved to the hospital wing at Pollsmoor Prison.

Pollsmoor Prison. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Guatemalan man accused of killing his girlfriend while on holiday in Cape Town has been transferred to the hospital section at the Pollsmoor Prison.

Forty-one-year-old Diego Novella appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on a murder charge on Friday.

He was arrested earlier this week after Gabriela Kabrins Alban's body was found at the Camps Bay Retreat Hotel.

It's not yet clear how she was killed.

The Camps Bay Retreat hotel in Chilworth Road is waiting for more details from police before commenting.

Novella's lawyer William Booth says he asked the court that his client be moved to the hospital wing at the prison.

Booth would not go into details about his clients injuries but says he's receiving medical attention.

"We will assess the whole situation with regards to bail and further progress of our defence."

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) opposed bail during Novella's brief appearance and it's understood it won't change its position.

The NPA adds it may add more charges against him.


Alban's friend expressed his condolences earlier today.

American author and TV personality Martin Llorens, who was friends with Gabriela Kabrins Alban, took to Twitter and Facebook to send his condolences.

In the message Llorens says he will miss her and treasure their time together.

The US embassy's Cynthia Harvey said it has extended its condolences to Alban's friends and family.

Harvey added that embassy officials are ready to offer the woman's family any consular services they may need.