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Lotz murder can be solved - Byleveld

2012-04-25 11:00

Cape Town - Former detective Piet Byleveld believes the Inge Lotz murder case is complex, but solvable.

He told the Cape Argus on Tuesday: "Inge Lotz was both an outstanding scholar and a talented musician, she had a brilliant mind and the world at her feet when she was murdered. I think it’s fair to assume that this beautiful young woman was killed by someone she knew, a trusted friend.”

Byleveld was working with investigative journalist Michael Day, who was writing a biography on Lotz.

Day said he was impressed with Byleveld.

“He’s relentless once he smells blood - that’s what makes him so devastatingly effective.”

Lotz was murdered seven years ago in her Stellenbosch flat. Her boyfriend, Fred van der Vyver, was arrested for her murder but later acquitted.

Comments
  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-25 11:13

    Hope he gets the murderer so that her parents can find some degree of peace and closure.

      Ashley - 2012-04-25 13:12

      Piet sal agter die kap van die "Byl" kom

  • Nurse - 2012-04-25 11:19

    This whodunnit will never get solved. I mean, who is the suspect? Someone close to her, someone who could get emotional enough to kill her, someone intelligent and rich enough to get away with it.... WHO could it be?

      Nurse - 2012-04-25 12:03

      Kensong, please do try make some sense next time. Yours in sickness - Nursie

      Theresa - 2012-04-25 15:12

      Nurse Helen K, why haven't you joined our AI FB group yet? Missing you, as always. xxx

  • Elize - 2012-04-25 11:19

    If she was murdered by a trusted friend the surely that trusted friend has started to show signs of quilt now, I am sure it is not possible to lead a normal life once you have murdered your closest friend!!

      Citroes - 2012-04-25 11:56

      What kind of quilt would he/she be showing? Patchwork,applique or traditional? Such a craft lover this murderer.

  • Dassie - 2012-04-25 11:24

    The families of Anni Dewani and other murder victims should club together to contract Piet Byl to investigate and solve the murders of their family members/love ones.

      Johan - 2012-04-25 12:33

      Piet is not interested in the easy cases

      Vernon - 2012-04-25 12:50

      @johan,lol

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-06-07 14:50

      He seems to be hinting to get involved, but then nothing happens...

  • Msika - 2012-04-25 11:25

    Pity this man is ageing, why cant we have more dedicated detectives like you Piet?

  • John - 2012-04-25 11:25

    Do we have "double jepardy" in SA?

      Deon - 2012-04-25 11:31

      Yes, but they can always try a civil case. OJ lost a civil case after he was set free.

      Francois - 2012-04-25 11:33

      its not Fred but like Jan Lotz said, the killer was at her funeral

  • Nicola - 2012-04-25 11:36

    How does double jeopardy work in SA? I always believed 'he' did it and still do.

      Jan - 2012-04-25 11:57

      Every accused person has a right to a fair trial, which includes the right ... not to be tried for an offence in respect of an act or omission for which that person has previously been either acquitted or convicted ... — Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, s. 35(3)(m)

      Citroes - 2012-04-25 11:59

      Go read the judgement. There's no way Fred could've done it. The cops ignored a great deal of evidence that showed he couldn't have been at the flat at the time. Google the judgement, it is available on the net.

  • Madulla - 2012-04-25 11:44

    This case will definitely be solved. You start and end at the same place - Fred's flatmate!!!

      bernard.geldenhuys2 - 2012-04-25 12:27

      I tend to agree with you, I have read a book that details all the evidence and goes through the whole story step by step. It seems plausible.

      Alexa - 2012-04-25 14:19

      Yes I also agree...he was madly in love with her at some point

  • Hennie - 2012-04-25 11:57

    And what if the finding is that it was Fred van der Vyver.He cant be charged again for the same crime .Double Jeopardy

      Vernon - 2012-04-25 12:53

      well then double barrel!!

      phillip.britz - 2012-04-25 13:16

      That's a loose interpretation of Double Jeopardy. He can be tried again for the same crime if new evidence is presented.

      Marion - 2012-04-25 13:33

      Correct Philip.

  • Lloyd - 2012-04-25 15:49

    This guy is a true South African hero! go Piet Byl!!!

  • Smell - 2012-04-26 00:38

    In retrospect Piet Byleveld should have been involved from the get go.

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