The lesbian couple who were kidnapped, raped and killed last year were also soaked with acid and burned with petrol, the investigation discovers. The two went missing after they had gone to another city for a funeral. Their burned-out car was found six days after they left home – and on December 28, bones thought to be theirs were discovered along a road near the town where they used to live. Before being killed, the victims were reportedly raped and hanged in a container on a property belonging to one of the alleged criminals. And it has emerged that after they died and their corpses were set on fire, the van Niekerks’ remains were stuffed into a bag and disposed of at a nearby mountain. Aaron Sithole, 23, Jack Sithole, 18, Koos Strydom, 53, Alex Mudau, 36, Moses Rakubu, 33, Vincent Strydom, 29, Maroela Opperman, 18, and Marchia Strydom, 21, are facing trial. The eight accused have been charged with two counts of murder, rape, kidnapping, robbery, unlawful possession of firearm and defeating the course of justice.