Reward to find brutal killers

2010-10-20 00:00

THE family of Chase Valley woman Mimmie Dutton are offering a reward of R50 000 for information that leads to the successful conviction of the persons responsible for her brutal murder.

Her battered body was discovered at her home on April 6.

Police believe Dutton (78) was murdered on Easter Sunday, April 4.

Speaking from Johannesburg yesterday, her son John Dutton said the family want those who killed his mother to be brought to book.

“I am praying that we get them now. We want closure. My mother would not have harmed a flea.”

He said his mother would help anyone in need, but added that he fears this may have contributed to her being murdered.

Dutton said the woman who rented his mother’s flatlet had moved out and casual labour had been brought to help move furniture the day before the murder.

These men were the initial suspects, but when they were tracked down two and a half months later and questioned, police believed they were not responsible, he said.

“I can’t understand it. It was an extremely brutal murder, but they did not pinch her car and nothing was missing. It is senseless and there appears to be no motive.”

Mimmie Dutton was last seen alive shortly after midday on Sunday, April 4, walking home from the Liberty Midlands Mall. Two days later, her domestic worker found her savagely beaten body lying in the bedroom of the cottage on the property.

Dutton said his mother lived in Chase Valley for 40 years. “She operated a guest lodge from home and ran two beauty salons locally. She was a devout Christian and attended church as usual that Sunday morning.

“After church, her lift dropped her off near the mall, where she met with friends and family. After a breakfast, some shopping and drawing R250 cash from an ATM, she walked home. She was last seen at 12.30 pm a short way from home.”

He said when she was found, she was still dressed in her churchgoing outfit.

“She had been brutally beaten and the rear window of her white Nissan Sentra had been smashed in. Police believe she may have accosted persons attempting to steal her car, who murdered her and dragged her body to the cottage to avoid discovery.”

Mimmie Dutton is survived by six sons, a daughter, 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Full details of the reward can be obtained from Theresa Killick at Venn Nemeth & Hart Attorneys who hold the reward money in trust on 033 355 3166.

Stephanie on twitter.

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