Things veered seriously out of control at the Bredasdorp home of 42-year-old Freddie van Zyl, and his 39-year-old wife Idali, last week.
Freddie woke up in a pool of blood on Thursday morning, before finding his wife dead on the toilet “with a piece of toilet paper still in her hand”.
According to News24, there was also vomit on the floor, and a post-mortem showed that she had died from a drug overdose.
So what the hell happened in the lead-up to such a tragic ending? Well, it started with some good news:
The last thing he [Freddie] recalls of the previous evening is Idali receiving a message from his sister, Maretha Jamneck, that the growth removed from her uterus was benign.
“Get us another bottle of wine, Maretha hasn’t got cancer,” Idali apparently said.
“We had a fun evening, we made music on YouTube,” said Van Zyl.
It was when the couple decided to dabble in ‘Liquid G’, also known as GHB and used as a as a “club drug” or “date rape” drug (HERE), that the night took a turn for the worse:
Van Zyl said he and Idali had decided that evening to each use about 4ml of the drug “Liquid G”. Friends had given it to them in an old water bottle and they mixed it with red cooldrink because it apparently tasted vile. The couple had used the drug before.
“It was one of the best times ever,” Van Zyl said of the previous time he and Idali had used the drug. “The buzz lasts for three to four hours. It makes you very loving.”
Idali apparently hadn’t wanted to use the drug on Wednesday evening, but because their children had been with Jamneck, the couple decided to braai and chill out.
Both of them drank food supplements for breakfast and lunch because they were on a diet. Van Zyl drank two bottles of wine and Idali, one.
“On Thursday morning I realised that the braai meat was still there and we obviously hadn’t eaten,” said Van Zyl.
He woke up on the couch, but couldn’t see well. He stumbled to the bedroom and fell asleep again.
At about 10:00 he woke up for the second time when Idali’s cellphone started ringing. When he got up, he found his wife dead in the bathroom. He phoned his brother-in-law, who rushed over.
“We tried waking her up, but her lips were already blue.”
The couch on which Freddie had slept was covered in blood, and he believes that he fell off a chair during the night and cut himself on a broken bottle.
As you can see, he is pretty distraught:
He also addressed those who think he might have had something to do with Idali’s death:
Van Zyl is most upset about stories doing the rounds that he murdered his wife and her neck had been broken.
“There wasn’t a mark on her,” he said.
“I miss Idali. I’m empty [without her].”
Van Zyl said he wanted to warn people against taking any drugs. “We never had drugs in our house,” he said.
“It was a once-off. She wasn’t a druggie.”
“They were happily married,” Jamneck said.
“We were genuinely happy,” said Van Zyl. The couple would have celebrated their 10th anniversary on September 22, Idali’s 40th birthday.
Be careful out there, friends, Liquid G is one helluva drug.
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