Hands-cut-off-murder: police question father 'intensively'

2010-09-30 00:00

PRETORIA — 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 on Tuesday night.

According to him, the police stated outright that he is the main suspect in their investigation.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel 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.

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 without any reasons being given.

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

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

Anika’s hands were cut off between the elbow and wrist. The hands are still missing.

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