Wine estate murder case postponed

2012-04-03 10:33

Cape Town - The trial of a man accused of killing his wife on a wine estate has been postponed by the Paarl Regional Court, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that Johan du Toit appeared briefly on Monday. His trial was postponed until May 30 for further particulars to be considered.

His lawyer William Booth told magistrate Joe Magele that he had appealed to the State to drop the charges against Du Toit because of new evidence.

"We have sent through the docket to the State and since then have obtained certain information surrounding the time of death as well as the full evidence docket. We have been trying to have the matter cancelled, not to continue with trial," he was quoted as saying.

Chanel du Toit, 28, was found dead at Dieu Donne Wine Estate on July 7, 2010. She had been strangled.

Her mother-in-law found the body after her son said he was concerned because he could not get a hold of her.

He said the last time he had seen her alive was at 02:00 when he left for Springbok.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-03 10:56

    The new evidence should hopefully cast some light on the circumstances surrounding the murder. We need someone like Columbo to solve this heinous crime!

      Squeegee - 2012-04-03 12:40

      CSI would have done it in one hour, and still have had ad breaks off...

  • Erika - 2012-04-03 11:08

    But did he not confess to it? Maybe I am thinking of a different case.

      Nasiefa - 2012-04-03 11:14

      @ Erika i wouldn't blame you for thinking its a different case as there are so many cases like this happening in our country !

      rianette.kemp - 2012-04-03 14:06

      News24: 2010 Maygene de Wee reported that a police officer close to the investigation had said Du Toit had made a confession on the day of his arrest before Warrant Officer Johan Nel of the Stellenbosch police station in Franschhoek. The confession was not admissible, however, because it was not made before a senior police officer or a magistrate. While he was on his way to a magistrate with the police, he called his lawyer, William Booth, who ordered him not to say another word.

  • Cindy - 2012-04-03 14:19

    "he could not get a hold of her." a hold, a hold???!! Was this written by a journalist or a Grade 5 pupil? Would love to know what the "new evidence" is

  • Monica - 2012-04-03 15:07

    what was suspicious for me was that when she was found dead by her mother in law just an hour or so after Mr du toit found out about it he was at home. I thought he left for springbok at 2 in the morning? Sorry but it does make you think

  • Pur - 2012-04-03 17:25

    I really wonder about this one. Its certainly not an open-and-shut case. The couple went to a party. The husband was fooling around with the wife's best friend at the party. That led to them going home and having a big fight. The husband had to leave at 2 in the morning to go to Springbok for an important meeting. He tried, numerous times, to phone his wife to settle the fight they had before he left. She never answered the phone. He then phoned his mother and asked her to get the wife to speak to him. The mother went to their home and found the wife dead. She called the police. They decided it must be the husband, probably because of the fight the couple had. The police also found forensic evidence - maybe the husband's hairs and skin - in the cottage. This is not strange seeing he lived there, but it was enough for the cops to arrest him. The case against the husband is so weak that he is released on R6000 bail. The cops refuse or are unable to provide the evidence to the defence team, because they haven't got any or they haven't tested it yet. So why even arrest the husband? Sounds like inept police work. They maybe just charged the first suspect they came across and stopped looking for the real murderer? Would not be the first time.

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-03 20:17

      He went to a police station and confessed to a junior policeman after which William Booth told him not to say anything more.

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