REMANDED TO POLLSMOOR: Accused Mario Yela

Spanish national Mario Yela allegedly murdered his twins, a girl and a boy, while exercising his visitation rights while on holiday in Hout Bay.

In a brief appearance in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, defence lawyer William Booth argued that Yela needed immediate medical attention.

He had reportedly suffered a wound to his abdomen before his arrest and had been treated at Victoria Hospital.

Last Wednesday, Yela was remanded to Pollsmoor prison to await a bail hearing after Booth’s request to have him remanded to hospital under police guard was denied.

This week, Magistrate Goolam Bawa again denied the request and remanded Yela to Pollsmoor.

On 6 April, Yela was arrested after fleeing his Princess Beach holiday apartment in Hout Bay after the twins’ mother, Julia Engelhorn, discovered their bodies.

TRAGIC: Wife Julia with murdered twins. CREDIT: Facebook


Last week, the court heard that Yela had contacted the mother via a text message to invite her for lunch.

State prosecutor Benito Adonis alleged Yela then told her he had killed their twins.

The couple divorced in 2015.

On the morning of the murders, it’s believed Yela had dropped the seven-year-old at school.

After the mother discovered the bodies of the twins, Maximo and Octavia, Yela allegedly fled in Engelhorn’s car.

He was arrested in Wynberg. Yela was due to return to Spain that night.