Knitting needle type weapon used in murder

2013-07-23 08:55

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Johannesburg - A woman who was murdered 14 years ago and whose body was discovered only last year appears to have been killed with a steel weapon resembling a knitting needle.

This emerged in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Monday, reported Eyewitness News.

Betty Ketani is believed to have been shot in the head on a farm in Johannesburg and was left for dead, but survived and had been taken to hospital.

The 37-year-old mother was later allegedly kidnapped from the hospital and had been classed as a missing person for the past 13 years.

In May, Gauteng police said a letter found at a house in Kenilworth, Johannesburg, linked six men to Ketani's murder and arrests were made. Two of the men are police officers.

At the time of Ketani's disappearance, a private investigation was underway into a string of thefts from the popular Cranks restaurant where she worked.

This information indicates an alternative motive for her murder in 1999, EWN reported.
Three of the accused, Conway Brown, Paul Toff-Nielsen and Dirk Reyneke, pleaded guilty and received lighter sentences in return for agreeing to testify for the State when the trial resumes.

Reyneke admitted he worked for the alleged author of a confession found under a carpet. Carrington Laughton is the man who allegedly wrote the letter.

Reyneke said Laughton was investigating thefts from the restaurant and had him help kidnap and interrogate Ketani shortly before her disappearance.

Conway Brown told EWN some people still have information to reveal about the murder.

Laughton denies any involvement in the murder and plans to plead not guilty to the charges against him.
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