A Zimbabwean man who raped and murdered a British woman in 2014 was only arrested after the victim’s niece spent years working to avenge her aunt’s death.
Lehanne Sergison, now 51, spent years writing to her aunt’s killer online and trying to set up an undercover operation, after being frustrated by the lack of progress on the case .
Yesterday, Christine Robinson’s killer, Andrea Imbayarwo, 32, was found guilty of attacking his 59-year-old employer at his 125-acre Rra-Ditau lodge in Limpopo, South Africa.
Christine Robinson bought the 125-acre Rra-Ditau Lodge in Limpopo, South Africa, near the Botswana border, with her husband Daniel, also known as Robbie. She continued to run the 30-guest pavilion after her death in 2012
Lehanne Sergison spent years writing to her aunt’s killer online and trying to set up an undercover operation, after being frustrated by the lack of progress on the case. Pictured is Christine Robinson
Lehanne Sergison underwent a six-year mission to bring her aunt’s killer to justice by posing as an attractive flight attendant
He was employed at the game park as a gardener and fled to Zimbabwe after staff found Ms Robinson wrapped in a duvet and her throat slit.
The year her aunt died, Ms Sergison, from Kent, created a petition calling for action to find her killer. She also started looking for him online.
Four years later, in 2018, she found out he was active on dating sites and living in South Africa again.
Ms Sergison created a fake identity on Facebook as Missy Falcao – a combination of her dogs’ names – and connected with some of her friends.
She then approached Imbayarwo directly, flirting and telling him he was “so hot” and had “sexy eyes”.
“I told him I was a flight attendant because that meant I wasn’t always reachable,” she said. The temperature.
“It was hard because this man murdered my aunt. I had nightmares when we texted each other.
Andrea Imbayarwo, 32, was found guilty of assaulting his 59-year-old employer in 2014
Lehanne created a fake Facebook account which she named ‘Missy Falcao’ (left) to contact Andrew Ndlovu, who also hid behind a fake account (right)
In 2014, Lehanne Sergison delivered a petition and 430 letters to 10 Downing Street asking Prime Minister David Cameron to take action to pursue an arrest in South Africa.
The couple made an appointment in Johannesburg and Ms Sergison contacted the South African police, hoping they would organize an undercover operation.
“He wanted to talk to me on the phone, so I spoke to the South African police and they asked a female police officer to contact him. But it didn’t work,” she told the newspaper.
After the first set up, she tried to contact him under other fake names, but her messages were ignored.
In 2020, she wrote a Facebook post declaring Imbayarwo, then called Andrew Ndlovu, her aunt’s killer.
It read: ‘Six years ago today this man raped and murdered my aunt Christine Robinson. Andrew Ndlovu is still a free man enjoying his life after taking his own.
Ms Robinson’s niece Lehanne Sergison, now 51, spent years writing to her aunt’s killer online and trying to mount an undercover operation with South African police. Pictured are Christine and Daniel Robinson
Christine Robinson and her sister Diane, Lehanne’s mother. After her husband’s death, Mrs Robinson said she wanted to sell the ranch rather than run it alone.
The couple married in 2005, she was 50, he was 57
The couple decided to move to South Africa and open a ranch after falling in love with the countryside in 2002
Lehanne Sergison (left) with her aunt in 1980. Ms Sergison kept in touch with ranch staff to learn more about the killer’s fate after her aunt’s death.
Ms Sergison created a fake identity on Facebook as Missy Falcao – a combination of her dogs’ names – and connected with some of Imbayarwo’s friends before contacting him. Pictured is his aunt’s game ranch in Limpopo
More than 70,000 people shared the post, and it was picked up by Ian Cameron, an anti-crime campaigner in South Africa.
Mr Cameron was approached by Imbayarwo’s employer at the time and arrested hours later at his staff accommodation in Johannesburg.
Ms Sergison said tears were shed after she received the call to say Imbayarwo had been arrested.
She said she continued her online manhunt for so many years, because her aunt was “such a wonderful woman”.
“I know everyone always says that, but she really was,” she told the newspaper.
Ms Robinson was a former teacher from Liverpool. She bought the game park, located near the Botswana border, with her husband Daniel, also known as Robbie, in 2002. She continued to run the 30-guest lodge after his death in 2012.
Imbayarwo claimed he had a sexual relationship with Ms Robinson during her trial and denied a series of charges including murder and rape.
He is sentenced tomorrow.
Murdered Christine Robinson’s final resting place in her hometown of Liverpool, UK, where she is described as ‘an inspiration to us all’