‘Help me find Kerry’s body’ - Murder victim’s brother wants those he thinks helped killer dump her body to own up

2013-09-16 00:00

MORE than five years after former Durban woman Kerry Winter was murdered in Dubai, her brother has labelled friends and former colleagues of her killer as cowards for covering up the crime and preventing police from finding her body.

In an interview with The Witness, Kurt Winter issued a challenge to the expats from South Africa, New Zealand and Pakistan who had played a role in trying to cover up his sister’s murder, to tell the truth so that his family can find and then bury her remains.

Briton Mark Arnold was convicted for the August 2008 murder of Kerry Winter.

Arnold is currently serving a life sentence at the Dubai central jail.

Last year a Dubai court ordered Arnold to pay Winter’s family more than R2 million for their pain and anguish.

Winter (36) disappeared in August 2008 following a quarrel with Arnold. Prosecutors charged him with clubbing her to death with a baseball bat and dumping her body in the sea with weights attached.

He was spared the death penalty because the body was never found.

Kurt Winter said it would have been impossible for Arnold to dump his sister’s body without help.

“Arnold did not act alone. One of his employees sent SMSes to us from Kerry’s cellphone while she was missing, yet he was never subpoenaed.

“I think that person should have explained to a court the circumstances surrounding his role in the deception that went on when we could not get hold of Kerry.

“Another youngster from New Zealand told police he was asked to buy a diving bag and weights, yet he was never asked to reveal this in court.”

Kurt said a South African woman, who he knew only as Tanya, had lied about not being at Arnold’s house when his sister disappeared.

“We found her through the help of a local policeman, but she just clammed up and told us that her lawyer had advised her not to talk,” he said.

He said a combination of cowardice and a fear of being asked to give evidence in the trial had led to the withholding of information.

Kurt said his sister had told the family a few weeks before her disappearance that she believed Arnold was involved in sex trafficking.

“We told her to document everything and we believed that she did. The problem is that it has been five years and the family still has not received Kerry’s belongings that were taken in as evidence to the Bur Dubai police station.”

Kurt said he had recently learned that people who had assisted in the search for his sister or who had bought plane tickets so the family could travel to Dubai had been interviewed by police and forced to sign documents of non-disclosure.

“I only heard of this because one of these people told me, saying they could not live without telling us the truth.”

Kurt said he hopes that one of the many people who helped Arnold would one day tell authorities what happened and help the family to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

“We just want to bury my sister in a cemetery in Durban so my mom can visit her gravesite.”

Arnold has been in custody since August 2008 and also received a one-month jail sentence for endangering the life of a Lebanese housemate of Winter by swinging a baseball bat at him when he was alerted to the argument between the two outside her villa.

Kurt spent two months in Dubai in 2008 searching for his sister and said he would never stop searching for Kerry. — Witness Reporter.

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