Clive Derby-Lewis ‘not involved’ in Waterkloof Four extortion case

2014-07-24 12:38

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Convicted killer Clive Derby-Lewis had nothing to do with a prison blackmail case, his lawyer has said.

“I think the investigating officer of the case is satisfied that Clive had no hand in it,” Marius Coertze said today.

The matter apparently involved an inmate and a video on the hard drive of one of the so-called Waterkloof Four, Christoff Becker.

He allegedly blackmailed Becker’s mother, Mariette Becker with video footage that could get him into trouble with the correctional services department.

“The accused prisoner ... has apparently said that he is not to be blamed alone, and ... that he got the hard drive from Clive. He is trying to drag Clive into it.”

Coertze said Derby-Lewis would most likely be called as a state witness in the extortion case against the prisoner, who could not be named.

The Sowetan newspaper reported that the inmate appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court yesterday on charges of extortion and attempted extortion. The case was postponed to next month.

“The only connection Clive has to this case is that he sold or exchanged the hard drive with this guy, nothing else. That’s his only connection to this whole case,” said Coertze.

It was not clear when the alleged blackmail happened, Coertze said. Derby-Lewis had been in hospital since March.

The prisoner was in negotiations with the state about a plea agreement, according to the Sowetan.

The 35-year-old inmate was serving time in Kgosi Mampuru prison after being convicted in 2008 on 32 charges of theft and fraud relating to a country-wide crime spree with his girlfriend.

Derby-Lewis and Becker both served time in the same prison.

In June, Beeld newspaper reported that a man had demanded R30 000 from Mariette Becker, failing which he would leak videos of her son.

Becker and three others were released on parole in February.

Becker and one of his co-accused Frikkie du Preez were re-arrested five days later after a video emerged of them drinking what appeared to be alcohol and using a cellphone in jail.

In June, the High Court in Pretoria dismissed an application for Becker’s parole to be reinstated.

The video, reportedly taken on a cellphone, was posted on YouTube.

It was unclear whether this was the footage involved in the blackmail.

Derby-Lewis’s wife Gaye said the extortion allegation against her husband was nonsense.

“It’s absolute bullshit. The report is nonsense,” she told Sapa, declining to comment further.

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