Van der Vyver case: Laptops stolen

2012-04-25 11:00

Cape Town - The laptops of two top advocates working on the Fred van der Vyver civil case against the police were stolen from their offices over the weekend, Die Burger reported on Wednesday.

Van der Vyver was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Inge Lotz, in 2005, but was later acquitted. He successfully sued the police for malicious prosecution in 2011, and but the legal battle over the amount of damages to be paid to him continues.

The office of advocate Barry Pienaar SC was robbed on Saturday night and at the office of advocate Dup de Bruyn SC was robbed on Sunday night.

Both are working on Van der Vyver’s civil case.

Pienaar’s computer, as well as memory sticks and DVDs with copied information were stolen from a secretary’s drawer. He has lost all his files and research relating to the case.

In Du Bruyn’s office, only his computer and a bag with his toga were stolen. He had a backup for his files.

Their offices are on different floors, and the only ones in the building to have been broken into.

A security expert said the robbers had to break open three doors to gain access to the offices.

  • Elize - 2012-04-25 11:26

    Haven't these guys learnt, one copy in the office and one copy at home?? I smell a rat!!

      Janice - 2012-04-25 14:59

      I agree, something fishy going on here!!! Why now, all of a sudden?

      Justme - 2012-04-25 15:09

      More like one copy in the office and one copy at email I can't believe people don't use secure offline backups these days!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-25 11:29

    After Saturday's incident no attempt at beefing up security before Sunday's incident? No security alarm went off?

  • Peter - 2012-04-25 11:29

    Wouldnt suprise me in the least if SAPS was some how behind this. What do u expect when you have criminals protecting the civilians from other criminals

  • Holden - 2012-04-25 11:46

    Now if they had Apple computers they would have been able to (i) wipe them remotely, and (ii) put a trace on them until they are found.

  • Johnnie - 2012-04-25 12:06

    Very stupid of anybody who has confidential information, not to have a "backup" of the information, and when you go out of the office you lock it in the safe - and lock the safe. As Elize says " I smell a rat".

      Ally - 2012-04-25 17:47

      How do you know they didn't have backups?

  • tracey.baard - 2012-04-25 12:25

    this all sounds way too easy and way too convenient... shouldn't be to difficult to connect the dots on this one.

      Kokkie - 2012-04-25 14:41

      I agree 100%, Tracey.

      Ally - 2012-04-25 17:48

      So tell us more, Kokkie and Tracey. What's your theory on this case?

  • Marion - 2012-04-25 12:43

    Hope JM's lawyer takes note of this. This robbery was aimed at stealing a client's files. Not the robbery at his home.

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-04-25 13:24

    I smell P>O>L>I>C>E; it smells like sewer rat.

      Gerry - 2012-04-25 16:42

      Piet Byl was in Town the weekend. his investigation may benefit from having the info on those laptops... Old school tactics. Ek se maar net...

  • Gerda - 2012-04-25 18:40

    Veeeeeeeeeeery FISHY. Someone closely linked to the case must have stolen the records. One advocate might be co incident but both of them? Haven't heard about backups?

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 01:54

    Inside job

  • Rika Naran - 2013-04-10 17:45

    The report is incorrect in any event, because 3 offices were broken into and not just the two that are reported. The third office was that of Adv Naran and 2 laptops and other equipment were also stolen out of the third office.

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