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Marie Claire (South Africa) - - LOCAL REPORT -

16 MARCH 2005 Stel­len­bosch Mas­ters stu­dent Inge Lotz is bru­tally mur­dered in her flat. Po­lice are con­vinced that she was bat­tered and stabbed by some­one close to her, due to the ‘per­sonal’ na­ture of the crime.

17 MARCH 2005 The next morn­ing the po­lice in­ter­view her boyfriend Fred van der Vyver, a young ac­tu­ary. Fred gives a full ac­count of his move­ments the day be­fore, par­tic­u­larly in the late af­ter­noon and early evening when Inge was killed. Fred has a solid al­ibi.

JUNE 2005 Fred was ar­rested for Inge’s mur­der. FE­BRU­ARY – NOVEM­BER 2007 Fred is tried for the mur­der of his girl­friend. Po­lice have no hard ev­i­dence to sug­gest that Fred left his place of work, Old Mu­tual, on the day of Inge’s mur­der. How­ever, there is foren­sic ev­i­dence that links him to the crime scene. Judge Deon van Zyl de­cides that prose­cu­tors have failed to prove that Fred is guilty be­yond rea­son­able doubt.

NOVEM­BER 2007 Fred is ac­quit­ted on the charge of mur­der in the Cape High Court.

14 MARCH 2008 The Lotz fam­ily launch an R8-mil­lion law­suit against Fred, but with­draw the suit the fol­low­ing year.

MAY 2008 The po­lice who han­dled the Inge Lotz case are sued for R46-mil­lion.

2010 Fred wins the R46-mil­lion civil case against the South African Po­lice Ser­vice for ma­li­cious prose­cu­tion. Antony Altbeker pub­lishes Fruit of a Poi­soned Tree: A true story of mur­der and the mis­car­riage of jus­tice about the crim­i­nal trial.

2013 The po­lice over­turn the rul­ing in the Supreme Court of Ap­peal. Fred takes the mat­ter to the Con­sti­tu­tional Court, but his re­quest is de­clined.

2014 Broth­ers Thomas and Calvin Mollett pub­lish their book Bloody Lies: Cit­i­zens Re­open the Inge Lotz Mur­der Case, chal­leng­ing the as­ser­tion that the prose­cu­tion’s case was flawed. Film­maker Matthew Brown’s doc­u­men­tary about the mur­der is due for re­lease in Septem­ber.

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