‘Mood­ley must con­fess, now’

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PIET BYLEVELD re­mains ob­sessed by one ques­tion: who helped Dono­van Mood­ley con­ceal the body of Leigh Matthews for a month af­ter he killed her.

Yes­ter­day he urged Mood­ley, who he says is se­ri­ously ill, to con­fess be­fore it is too late.

Mood­ley, who is serv­ing a life sen­tence for Matthews’s murder, has no le­gal op­tion left af­ter los­ing his ap­peal at the Supreme Court of Ap­peal last month.

“He is ill now – he may ac­tu­ally crack.

“I am not in any rush be­cause I am not out to just ar­rest peo­ple, I am out to get a con­vic­tion,” Byleveld said.

The su­per-sleuth worked day and night with a team of de­tec­tives to solve the murder of Bond Uni­ver­sity stu­dent Matthews, as op­posed to the 39 min­utes it took him to crack the case for the mur- der of Pre­to­ria school­girl, Sheldean Hu­man.

He wasn’t as lucky though last year when he was called in by Cape Town po­lice. He was able to es­tab­lish that a head­less torso found in a burn­ing suit­case in Sun­ny­side, Pre­to­ria, be­longed to a Cape teenager but that was all. Three sus­pects were ar­rested but later re­leased, ap­par­ently be­cause they were to turn State wit­ness, but the case has never been fi­nalised

Now he is re­tir­ing and can choose which pri­vate com­pany he wants to work for and his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy hits the shelves in July.

“I have so many of­fers from com­pa­nies. I can’t ever be com­pletely away from the kind of work I am so used to.”

His new girl­friend, El­ize Smit, has noth­ing but praise for her man but is anx­ious to see more of him in the fu­ture. “He is a su­per cop. When he is busy with a case, he doesn’t sleep, he doesn’t rest. He is like a real snif­fer dog,” the pe­tite blonde says.

And Byleveld isn’t mod­est ei­ther: “I don’t want to be windgat (con­ceited) or any­thing, but I am good at what I do. Once I have found a mo­tive, it points me di­rectly to the per­pe­tra­tor. I am not there to judge them. I am do­ing my job.”

Piet Byleveld

Leigh Matthews

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