Cruel death senseless

2015-09-09 06:00
THEO VAN WYK (34), and his wife Monice. Theo was murdered in the early hours of Sunday morning outside their flat in Willows.
Luzel Nel

THEO VAN WYK (34), and his wife Monice. Theo was murdered in the early hours of Sunday morning outside their flat in Willows. Photo: Luzel Nel

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THE bloodied body of a young father was found, in the early hours of Sunday (06/09) morning, just mere metres from the back door of the flat he shared with his wife in Willows, Bloemfontein.

Theo van Wyk (34), a senior medical technician at Ampath in Bloemfontein, was found by his wife, Monice (28), at about 04:00 at the back door of their flat in Park Road after apparently being hacked repeatedly with a sharp object.

Minutes before, the couple spoke on the phone, with Van Wyk allegedly asking his wife to open the door after he had been visiting friends.

The police later found the weapon, a long piece of iron with a hook, behind the Elangeni Flat Complex.

An emotional Monice said it was not right that her husband of six years and the father to their young son, Fabiano (6), had been taken away from them in such a violent manner, especially because he was a man who lived for his family.

“How does one carry on with life? How do you say day after day to your child, who does not yet understand death, that his father is not coming back?”

Fabiano, a gr. R learner, said he missed playing ball with his father.

When asked what he would say to his father if he could see him one last time, he answered: “I want my father to know I love him.”

While Monice wiped away her tears and Fabiano’s small frame embraced her, she told of how she had heard a hard thump before she made the gruesome discovery.

She said she had called out her husband’s name several times but did not get any reaction from him. A scared Monice then went to investigate and came across the bloodied body.

Her first thought was that her husband was sleeping, as it sounded like he was snoring. After she saw blood streaming from the left side of his head, a hysterical Monice called for help.

She knocked on several doors in the complex until someone heard her cries for help. A neighbour who came to her aid later gave her the bad news.

“I hoped for the best. I thought he was just sleeping, but it turned out not to be so; he was dead,” she said.

Monice said nothing could have prepared her for what she had seen on Sunday.

“Images of Theo’s bloodied body keep playing in my thoughts. It is all I can think of.”

Monice said what bothered her most was that none of Theo’s possessions had been taken.

“He was not robbed. Why did they murder him? He had no enemies; his murder does not make sense. I don’t understand who would want to hurt him.”

Capt. Chaka Marope, police spokesperson, said at the time of going to print that no one had been arrested in connection with the murder.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the investigating officer, WO Khaile Mathibela, on 082-779-8868

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