Police clues help PI solve murder
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.