NEWS OF THE WEIRD: Pizzeria employees say they didn't strangle boss and stuff him behind pizza oven

March 25, 2004

JOHANNESBURG, S.A.—A former floor manager for Panarotti Pizza told a Johannesburg court on March 26 that he had no idea how his boss wound up strangled and stuffed behind a pizza oven on a night he and a coworker were with the boss in the shop.

According to The Independent, Panarotti Pizza manager Henning Roux's body was found inside the Sandton City shop several hours after Lugrancia Shilenge, 26, and Maria Sithole, 21, claim Roux closed the shop.

Sithole and Shilenge are charged with strangling Roux and cleaning out the pizzeria's safe. Both pleaded not guilty.

According to her testimony, Sithole said she and Roux were drinking at the pizzeria that night and that Roux offered her R250 (U.S. $38) for sex. When she refused, Roux became aggressive, but she said Shilenge stopped him.

Another employee testified that he thought Roux left the building after counting the night's cash. However, he said he never saw Roux outside the building that night.

The trial will continue on March 29.

Topics: Crime , Independent Operation

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