Pottoman wrote: Inge's killer was at her funeral right enough.
... AND carried the coffin?
Lotz case can be solved, says PI
April 24 2012 at 11:26am
By Murray Williams
Legendary detective Piet Byleveld left the Cape on Monday night after spending the past five days trawling through evidence linked to one of the province’s most notorious unsolved murders.
The retired ace detective has been hired by the family of murdered Matie student Inge Lotz, who was bludgeoned to death in her Stellenbosch apartment seven years ago.
“Having interviewed a number of key individuals over the past few days, I now have a much clearer picture in my mind of both the victim and what happened to her on the day that she died,” said Byleveld.
“In this job you have to get out into the field and talk to people. I’m very encouraged by the quality of information that has come to light.”
Byleveld said the case was complex, but solvable. He explained: “Inge Lotz was both an outstanding scholar and a talented musician, she had a brilliant mind and the world at her feet when she was murdered. I think it’s fair to assume that this beautiful young woman was killed by someone she knew, a trusted friend. More than that, I cannot say at this stage.”
Byleveld is collaborating with investigative writer Michael Day, who is Lotz’s biographer.
Day said: “I have tremendous respect for this distinguished detective, he takes nothing for granted, turning everything over in his mind.
“He’s relentless once he smells blood – that’s what makes him so devastatingly effective.”
In a statement issued by Byleveld and Day, Lotz’s father, Professor Jan Lotz, is quoted as saying: “Piet is absolutely the right man for the job, there is none better in South Africa, and he will find my daughter’s killer, of that I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever.”
Byleveld visited the crime scene outside Stellenbosch over the weekend with Inge’s mother, Juanita Lotz.
It was at Lotz’s apartment at Welgevonden estate, on the R44 towards Paarl, that she was murdered between 4pm and 6pm on the afternoon of March 16, 2005. She was 22.
Soon after the discovery of her body, her boyfriend, Fred van der Vyver, was seen as the prime suspect. But after a lengthy and controversial trial, Judge Deon van Zyl rejected all aspects of the State’s case and acquitted Van der Vyver on November 29, 2007.
Last month, Lotz’s father offered a R1 million reward to find her killer.
Anyone with information can send it “in absolute confidence” to Bloemfontein attorney Johan Jordaan on 082 338 5318, the team says. - Cape Argus
expat_SA wrote:I think the man originally arrested for the murder must have information. He was engaged to the murdered woman, was he not? I think he should be working closely with Mr. Byleveld to find the killer. What is his thoughts on how this detection effort is going? Does he read this blog or contribute? I and my friends would be very interested in his thoughts.
Truth wrote:.. please do not use this for self promotion and rather use this forum to address the important issue of evidence fabrication.....
Lotz case: advocates’ laptops stolen
April 25 2012 at 09:59am
Laptop computers belonging to two advocates working on the Inge Lotz murder case were stolen from their Cape Town offices over the weekend, it was reported on Wednesday.
On Saturday night, the office of advocate Barry Pienaar was broken into, and on Sunday night, the office of advocate Dup de Bruyn.
Their offices were on different floors, Beeld reported.
Pienaar's computer, as well as memory sticks and backup DVDs containing information, was stolen from a drawein his secretary's desk.
De Bruyn said on Tuesday that someone had broken the lock on his office door, and taken his computer as well as a bag containing his toga.
“In an office complex with 35 advocates, they targeted me and advocate Pienaar... it's very strange,” De Bruyn said, adding that the two offices were quite some distance apart.
Everything they were working on was stolen, and whereas advocate De Bruyn had a backup system for his files, advocate Pienaar lost all his files and research.
Fanie Zaayman, district manager for the security company responsible for safeguarding the building, said it looked like the theft was more about acquiring specific data than about stealing computers.
Matie student Lotz was bludgeoned to death in her Stellenbosch apartment seven years ago.
Private detective and former policeman Piet Byleveld was recently asked by her parents to investigate the murder. – Sapa