IT reads like a murder mystery. A man mourning the love of his life takes in an adult entertainer who has fallen on tough times.
Not too long afterwards, his body is discovered in the boot of his car parked at a popular casino and the woman and her boyfriend are arrested after nearly R80000 is withdrawn from the dead man's bank account.
However, far from fiction, this is the drama unravelling after the decomposing body of IT specialist Dustan Blom, 37, was found in the boot of his Nissan Qashqai at Montecasino, in Fourways, northern Johannesburg, on Sunday.
Two people have been arrested for the murder, while the police are hunting for two more suspects.
Police confirmed yesterday that initial indications were that Blom, a father of three, had been strangled, most likely on September 18.
A 32-year-old man was arrested yesterday, following the arrest on Monday of his girlfriend, a 24-year-old former dancer at Randburg strip club, the Lollipop Lounge.
She appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on charges of murder and theft but cannot be named until her boyfriend has appeared in court as it would identify him .
He is expected to appear in court soon. She will apply for bail next week.
During her appearance, the state alleged that the suspects withdrew multiple sums, totalling between R70000 and R80000, from Blom's account.
Blom's wife, Talita, died in March after giving birth to twins, a boy and a girl. The babies are staying with his late wife's family.
It is believed that Blom, a web designer at technology company Thoughtcorp, met the woman at the Lollipop Lounge, where she quit her job as a dancer a few months ago, and let her stay at his house "out of the goodness of his heart". The two were listed as "friends" on social networking website Facebook. The site shows that the woman has a four-year-old daughter.
Blom's former girlfriend, Claudine Whitehead, the mother of their 12-year-old son, reported him missing at the weekend.
Blom was last seen at 9pm on September 17 leaving the Dros restaurant in North Riding in the company of a woman.
Whitehead described Blom as "friendly" and "just like a normal oke", and said he wasa "good dad" to their son.
Blom's sister, Julie Padgett, declined to comment.