Father questioned over daughter’s murder

2010-09-30 09:13

Police have questioned the father of 17-year-old Anika Smit “intensively” for three hours about his daughter’s murder.

“I’m trying to deal with the death of my child and then I get this kind of drama. I don’t know how to handle it,” Johan Smit said last night.

According to him, the police did not state outright that he is the main suspect in their investigation.

“The way they questioned me made me feel like I was the main suspect,” said Smit.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lungela Dlamini said the police questioned Smit in order “to verify a few facts”.

“A suspect is someone who has been arrested. Mr Smit has not been arrested,” Dlamini said.

He did not want to say whether Smith is suspected of being involved in his daughter’s death.

“Anyone can be questioned when a case is being investigated.”

According to Smit he has sympathy with Nico Venter (21) who was initially charged with Anika’s murder.

The charges against Venter were dropped two weeks ago in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court, without any reasons being given.

Smit said the police have now shifted their focus to him on the basis of a statement he made to police on March 10 this year, regarding the circumstances of his daughter’s death.

According to Smit he gave this statement after he discovered his only daughter’s body in their home in Theresa Park, in the north of Pretoria.

Anika’s hands were cut off between the elbow and wrist.

The hands are still missing.

The police told Smit his initial statement does not correspond with the information they have.

“The police can’t do their jobs the way they’re supposed to. In the first place, they arrested the wrong guy.

Now they’re looking at the next person, which is me.

“They intimidate you with questions... What must I tell these people? They say I’m lying and talking shit.

“I have nothing to hide or lie about.”

Smit said he will only be satisfied if the police find concrete proof which places someone at the scene where Anika was murdered.

“Only Anika, the murderer and the Lord know what happened that day. Nobody is talking,” said Smit.

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