Po­lice clues help PI solve mur­der

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

I READ WITH in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle, “Shat­tered fam­ily’s R200 000 for jus­tice”, (Week­end Ar­gus, Septem­ber 3) on the mur­der of 72-year-old Norma Wors­ley, who was found stran­gled in her Ron­de­bosch home last year.

The ar­ti­cle re­ported four in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers at the Mow­bray po­lice sta­tion had in­ves­ti­gated the mur­der, but had failed to track down the killer seven months later.

The ar­ti­cle cre­ated the im­pres­sion the po­lice had failed in their du­ties and the fam­ily had to spend R200 000 to hire pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tors to get jus­tice for their mother’s mur­der.

Soon af­ter read­ing the ar­ti­cle, and on the ba­sis of the prov­ince’s “over­sight” pow­ers, I con­tacted the pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tors, Mr Chris­tian Botha and Mr Frans Molokomme, to es­tab­lish why they had been able to solve the case in less than three weeks.

I have es­tab­lished the Mow­bray po­lice – and specif­i­cally War­rant Of­fi­cer An­dre Kleyn­hans – did in­deed play a piv­otal role in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

As Mr Botha put it: “With­out War­rant Of­fi­cer Kleyn­hans’s in­ves­tiga­tive work, this mur­der would never have been solved.”

Botha said Kleyn­hans had com­piled all the nec­es­sary ev­i­dence, but with 136 mur­der dock­ets to in­ves­ti­gate, he was un­able to de­vote the time re­quired to analysing it.

Botha said it took him five full days, work­ing eight hours per day, to an­a­lyse the records of Mrs Wors­ley’s stolen cell­phone.

He was then able to track down fam­ily mem­bers of the al­leged killer and get the sus­pect’s new con­tact de­tails from them. The sus­pect was quickly ar­rested. I wish to pay trib­ute to War­rant Of­fi­cer Kleyn­hans for en­abling pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Botha to use his care­fully com­piled data to solve the mur­der and ar­rest the sus­pect.

Many po­lice of­fi­cers would not be pre­pared to share the ev­i­dence they had painstak­ingly gath­ered, even though – be­cause of lack of time – they were un­able to an­a­lyse it suf­fi­ciently, and fol­low up fur­ther leads.

Well done to the Mow­bray De­tec­tive Branch and specif­i­cally War­rant Of­fi­cer An­dre Kleyn­hans for putting ser­vice to the pub­lic ahead of their egos.

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