Winter family don’t dare to hope

2009-03-20 00:00

The family of Kerry Winter, the Durban woman who went missing in Dubai in August last year, are not getting their hopes up that her ex-boyfriend will be convicted, even though he has been charged with her murder.

Winter, who worked in Dubai for seven years, went missing on August 20, 2008 after she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend Mark Arnold, a Briton, outside her flat in Dubai.

Her friends tried to intervene, but Arnold chased them away with a baseball bat. He was later charged with assaulting Winter’s neighbour.

Arnold later confessed that he assaulted her and dumped her body in the sea. It is believed that he tied weights to Winter’s body, which has not been found.

He was charged with pre-meditated murder earlier this week and is in police custody.

The murder charge, however, has not brought any closure for Winter’s family.

Her brother, Clint Winter, told Weekend Witness that the charge did not offer any solace to his family because so many months had passed since his sister’s disappearance. “Why couldn’t they have charged him earlier? So much time has passed and it could be years until they get to the bottom of her death.”

Winter said the family are not hoping for a conviction as they have lost faith in Dubai’s justice system. “We don’t really have closure as there is no body to bury. We haven’t said goodbye to Kerry and that is extremely painful for the family,” he said.

He added that the family do not wish the death penalty on Arnold.

Winter said the family are angry that they were not told about Arnold’s confession and him being charged. “No one has given us any solid information. We are getting bits and pieces from radio and newspaper reports,” he said.

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