Family in shock after doctor's murder

2013-05-31 10:38
Louis Heyns

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Cape Town - The family of a Cape Town paediatrician is in shock after his body was found in a shallow grave in Strand on Thursday afternoon.

Well-known doctor and lecturer Louis Heyns had been missing for eight days after leaving his brother’s house in Somerset West to drive back to Cape Town on the N2, reported Die Burger.

Brother-in-law André Mouton said he thought the family might have to pay a ransom or that he would be informed on how the search was going.

“But not in my wildest dreams did I think that my brother-in-law’s body would be found in a shallow grave,” said Mouton on Thursday afternoon.

Dr Louis Heyns’s last words to his brother Christo were: “It’s time I went home, I have to prepare for class.”

Cellphone records

Sources revealed that police traced Heyns’s cellphone records, which led them to a Malmesbury scrapyard where they found his grey Peugeot car.

Three men, among them two brothers and the owner of the scrapyard, were arrested.

Some of these suspects have criminal records for theft and house robbery. 

“It is very sad. The children are emotional. Dalene [Heyns’s wife] is emotional. She is still trying to be strong, but it is very emotional,” said Mouton.

“He always had time for us, not only for me as his brother-in-law, but for everyone. He led a committed, minimalist life and he was practical, no-nonsense. I think he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I only hope that we will get some answers,” said Mouton.

A colleague said anyone who worked with Dr Heyns, loved him.

“No one ever had a bad word to say about him. He did so much for the hospital [Tygerberg],” said Dr Julie Morrison.

The Cape Times reported that the area near the beach in Strand where his body was found has become known as a notorious drug area, as sand dunes and trees obscured what was happening from the public eye. Homeless people, drug addicts and prostitutes were known to hide out in the area.

Residents have repeatedly voiced their concerns about what was going on in the area, and police, metro police and the local neighbourhood watch often carried out searches there.


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