A hotel boss has been charged with murder after the bodies of a young couple were found dead in the shower.
Kevin Pretorius, 47, is accused of the murders of Jean Vosloo, 25, and Mari Hoon, 28, whose lifeless bodies were found in their ensuite shower of his small hotel in Humansdorp, South Africa.
The engaged couple, from Gauteng, had been staying at the Kliphuis Guesthouse, located on a farm, for a mini-break.
They were travelling with a friend, who found their dead bodies.
Police launched an investigation into the death of the couple who had no apparent injuries.
A toxicology report later found they had succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning and their blood levels contained upwards of 70 per cent of the gas.
Carbon monoxide, known as the silent killer, is odourless and is produced when there is not enough oxygen during combustion.
It poisons the body by blocking the red blood cells from being able to transport oxygen.
Following statements from witnesses and experts, the police charged Pretorius with murder though specific details of the breakthrough that led to the charges have not been revealed.
Police initially said they believed a faulty gas boiler was to blame.
However, the charges followed police interviews with several people including experts when the investigation started on April 26 last year.
Pretorius paid £50 bail and the hearing has been postponed to May 24.
He has so far refused to comment on the case, refusing to speak to reporters who contacted him by phone.