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Griekwastad case: Byleveld advises cops

2012-04-19 09:30

Johannesburg - Former detective Piet Byleveld has given advice to cops investigating the puzzling murders of a family on a farm in Griekwastad over Easter.

Volksblad reported that Byleveld said it was crucial to establish the motive for the murders.

He also said the scene of the crime had to be properly investigated.

The bodies of Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and their daughter Marthella, 14, were cremated on Wednesday after a private service at a secret location in Kimberley.

The only surviving member of the tragedy is believed to be staying with family in the Northern Cape and is not at school.

Earlier reports indicated that police believed the 15-year-old to be a suspect in the case. Rumours also circulated about the teenager's argument with his father on the day of the murders.

A legal expert said it was necessary to test the hands of all of the deceased for gunpowder residue, otherwise questions about the murderer would never be answered.

Questions have been raised about the way in which police investigated the crime scene on the farm and that permission had been given too early to family members to clean up the house.

The surviving son was allegedly also allowed to wash himself soon after reporting the murders of his family members.

Comments
  • anita.nortje - 2012-04-19 09:44

    I'll be looking out for Piet's second book! Baas Speurder....

  • dumisiledee - 2012-04-19 09:46

    This case is never gonna be solved. Our detectives seem not to have a clue on what to do when they arrive at crime scenes, check also the ET saga....

  • Thoka - 2012-04-19 09:48

    How old is this detective? Why did hire retire? I think need his services on permanent bases

      Marion - 2012-04-19 10:02

      He retired a couple of years ago Thoka. Wish SAPS would employ him (on a fat retainer if necessary) to run a training academy for detectives so that we can have some more 'super sleuths' moving up through the ranks. Forensics should be a major part of their training from day one if it isn't already.

      Lulama - 2012-04-19 10:19

      I have a lot of respect for Byleveld but that possible link that he has with the Rolex gang made me just a little uncomfortable.

      Den - 2012-04-19 10:21

      dont you just love the thumbs down on reasoble statements...really makes you wonder

  • Jayson - 2012-04-19 10:36

    This is exactly what I suggested a week ago. Oom Piet will solve it. Top investigator.

  • Elize - 2012-04-19 10:38

    @Foc Piet was the only detective in this country that had the ability to solve crimes. Thinks are going very well for him in the private sector believe me, he is just trying to help.

      Foc - 2012-04-19 10:56

      Maybe a good detective I agree .... but he is not such an "honourable" policeman and person as what people make him out to be .... daai kas is maar vol geraamtes .... hey who IS squeeky clean after all?

      Foc - 2012-04-19 10:58

      To say the ONLY detective that can solve crimes is a little TOO far fetched Elize.... I have seen as good if not better ... but did not have the media exposure as he had ...

  • Nico - 2012-04-19 10:42

    Ag ou Piet Glory, go and sit on your backside, you are retired and can no longer steal others glory as your own.

  • Elize - 2012-04-19 10:42

    How on earth are they going to test all the deceased for gunpowder residue if they have been cremated?? I mean really guys, the boy was allowed to wash the blood off himself at the police station, the crimescene were allowed to be cleaned by family members, our investigating officers has absolutely NO idea what they are doing, I wonder if they ever had any training??

  • heather.scheepers3 - 2012-04-19 10:45

    The little boy is going to get away with it. Lock stock and barrel

  • Dawn - 2012-04-19 10:47

    Good the police read that Jayson said....get Byleveld...

  • Dawn - 2012-04-19 11:02

    @Nico,why so harsh against Byleveld,it realy is not about he's ego,if he can solve this murder...why not..isn't that the most important thing here.

  • Leslie - 2012-04-19 11:04

    As far as I know, Former detective Piet Byleveld has only lost 1 or 2 of all the cases he dealt with over the years, while in office. I have great respect for this person and wish that we could get him or another person like him, back in office! A young 22 year old family member of mine was knocked down and killed in our main road, about a year ago, by an intoxicated driver. When the first case was to be heard in court recently, we were told that the case is thrown out because there is no file. Apparently the detective who took the case at the time has gone on pension without FILING THE CASE?!? How must the Mother of this young son feel???????? WE DO NOT HAVE GREAT KNOWLEDGEABLE DETECTIVES ANY-MORE!!!!

  • Jayson - 2012-04-19 11:08

    People tend to forget,, who caught Moses Sithole amongst others. If he can help what's the harm in that. Hell if he was 100 years old and could still solve it. Why not. I don't understand what the fuss is about.

  • Piet - 2012-04-19 12:25

    He also said the scene of the crime had to be properly investigated.....with the SAPS we have! Piet go and retire in full!

  • Preshen - 2012-04-19 14:32

    they must call csi horatio

  • mandy.robinson.9022 - 2012-08-08 13:06

    get a syphic (siener) om saak op te los soos in crime storiesz

  • elzaan.veldsman - 2012-08-21 20:57

    I find it interesting how many people just assumed it was him right from the start. Its sad that Marthella had to die. Sure. But really. Sometimes there's more to a story than meets the eye. Even if Don DID do it, which I will never believe until I hear it from his mouth, he still has my love and support. Its a tragedy but it was a very very long time coming.

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-08-23 12:02

      Sorry Elzaan how do you know this, is there something you can tell the police??

  • marlene.botha.370 - 2012-09-21 19:42

    What I would like to know is!! Where! were the farmworkers who work on the farm, surely there must be some of their staff living on the farm. Why did nobody hear any of the MANY gunshots? As well as, if the son came running in from the outside building and saw the parents and sister lying dead - why did he not PHONE on his cellphone or landline, immediately!!That would be the most instinctive action, EVER!!

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