Kayla Pieterse
Biographical information
Full name Kayla Pieterse
Gender Female
Status Deceased
Birth 1989
Death 2016
Cause of death Drowning
Nationality Flag of South Africa South African
Residence Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
Profession(s) Assassin
Family Unnamed mother †
Unnamed father †
Partner(s) Kwanele Mthembu (ex-boyfriend; incarcerated)
Affiliation(s) SOMBRA
South African Yacht Club
Game information
Appears in Criminal Case
First appeared Case #39: Kicking the Bucket (s3)

Kayla Pieterse (1989-2016) was the victim in Kicking the Bucket (Case #39 of World Edition).


Kayla was an assassin from SOMBRA's "next level" program sent to kill Prince Abioye. She had shoulder-length curly blonde hair swept to the left, and also had yellow eyes due to being experimented upon. At the time of her death, she donned a white sleeveless shirt with a gold pin on it, blue denim pants, and a dark blue scarf with white triangle patterns.

Murder details

Kayla was found in a Zulu village just fished out of a well with her hands and feet tied together. Angela confirmed her cause of death was by drowning. Furthermore, she was knocked out then tied up before being thrown in. Because of that, she managed to find traces of melktert between the victim's skin and the rope. According to Dupont, melktert translates into milk tart, and is a local dessert made from milk, flour, sugar, and eggs. This meant the killer ate melktert.

Killer and motives

The killer turned out to be the victim's ex-boyfriend named Kwanele Mthembu.

After denying involvement, Kwanele admitted he killed Kayla. After learning of Kayla's induced superintelligence, Kwanele wanted to be a SOMBRA assassin, but she said he was too old. Wanting to prove his worth for the organization, he tied Kayla up, drowned her in the well, and tried to murder Abioye. Judge Adaku sentenced him to 30 years in prison for the murder of Kayla Pieterse and the attempted murder of Prince Abioye.


  • Kayla strongly resembles Natalie Dormer, an English actress.
    • Also, her last name could be a reference to Sasha Pieterse, a South African-born American actress and singer-songwriter.

Case appearances