Murder suspect questioned

2008-02-08 00:00

SEVERAL people, including a gardener believed to have worked for the slain Michelle Murisson (30), have been taken in for questioning by detectives.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said no formal arrests have been made. The sensitivity of the case has resulted in it being taken over by the Murder and Robbery Unit.

Police yesterday would not shed light on the circumstances under which the gardener was taken in, but sources told The Witness that there was a combined effort by the police and the local community policing forum.

“He’s the sole suspect at the moment and that’s all,” said a police detective.

The Witness has learnt from impeccable sources that Murisson’s murder might have to do with drug dealing that people close to her are allegedly involved in. This allegation was repeated by several people close to the investigation yesterday.

Murisson was found in a pool of blood with stab wounds in her neck at her home in Wembley on Wednesday evening, with her 14-month-old child crying beside her.

Police said there was no forced entry, leading to the belief that she opened the door to her assailant/s.

The only property stolen was a silver-grey BMW, which was found abandoned on a forest track near World’s View about four kilometres away. The baby was unharmed and the house was not ransacked.

Police said on Wednesday night that Murisson arrived home from work at about 4 pm. Her boyfriend, Kevin Liddel, and a friend were there, but left after 5 pm for a music event at the Golden Horse Casino.

Two hours later, Liddel got a call from his alarm company asking why he had not set the alarm at his home office. He phoned to ask Murisson, but received no reply, and asked the company to check on her.

They discovered the back door open and her body in the kitchen.

Tony Tatham, a director at law firm Tomlinson Mnguni James, said Murisson worked there for just under a year as a senior conveyancing paralegal. “She was very efficient … and got on very well with her colleagues.”

When The Witness visited Armstrong Drive yesterday, workmen were busy installing a motorised gate at a neighbour’s house. “We’ve been asked to step up security on this street because crime is on the rise, but the murder is news to us,” said one.

Said a neighbour: “I knew them because her boyfriend is well known, they are busy people, but nice to have around”.

The Wembley Community Policing Project committee said that they are devastated by Murisson’s death and are co-operating with police. They praised the Red Alert team who dealt with the situation professionally before the arrival of police.

Police appeal to anyone with information that will assist in their investigation to contact Detective Inspector Gideon Bouwer at 033 845 7789 or 072 310 6456 or Crime Stop: 08600 10111.

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