Crime news Feb 3 2010

Odé Retief, attorney, murdered, Springs Jan 30 2011: gave family descriptions of attackers before her death: nothing robbed

Beeld newspaper reports: Ms Odé Retief, an attorney in Springs, was attacked by three men in her home on Sunday-evening Jan302011 between 8pm and 9pm. She died of her injuries on Tuesday in hospital.

However she had been able to provide family members with clear descriptions of her attackers before she died of her injuries at 10am on Tuesday in hospital. SAPS capt Johannes Ramphora confirmed that nothing was robbed from her home and that they had already arrested m\one man based on the murder-victim’s descriptions.  She was found badly battered by her housekeeper in her home, located on the corner of Nigel– and Hills Roads in Selection Park, where she ran her law-practice  Odé Retief de Lange (her married name, of her late husband). SAPS col. Willie Joubert of the Springs police, involved in the investigation, says two other black males are being sought. They also still awaiting forensic examination of the suspected murder weapon: Beeld says it may have been a baseball bat but Joubert could not confirm it as yet. She is survived by three daughters, Vicky, Odé jr. en Lèzanne. The widowed attorney practiced law under the name Odé Retief de Lange (her married name, of her late husband). Her funeral is planned for Saturday from the Mellville Kruis-congregation in Johannesburg. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Vrou-noem-aanvaller-sterf-20110202

Piet van den Heever, 65, retired dpty-headmaster, stabbed to death Jan282011in bed, Riebeeckstad, FS  HEEVER vd Piet Murdered in bed

Nothing was robbed. His body was disovered by his wife after she’d returned from a walk. The local SAPS arrested two black suspects whose trial started in Welkom magistrate’s court from Monday with a remand appearance to schedule their bail application hearing. http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Adjunk-skoolhoof-in-bed-vermoor-20110129

Erasmus Barend, 79; Annatjie, 82, attacked Jan 29 2011, stabbed in Phillipstown

Barend (79) and Annatjie (82) Erasmus were attacked Saturday night. Jan 29 2011 in their home in Pjhillipstown south of Kimberley. Both were stabbed. They are in hospital. Their condition is not currently known. They are the parents of TV personality Ellen Erasmus. http://www.farmitracker.com/reports/1021

Ettienne Gert Coetzer, 66, corpse of murdered Afrikaner builder, found in Shosanguve Jan 29 2011

 Coetzer Ettiene Gert, corpse found murdered Soshanguve Pretoria Jan312011 2011-02-01 The mutilated corpse of an independent Afrikaner builder, Ettienne Gert Coetzer, 66, was found dumped in Soshanguve township three days after he went missing from his home in Claremont, Pretoria. Three of his black colleagues at the construction company in Capital Park were arrested for his murder, confirmed w/o Patrick Zimu. All three male suspects are from Soshanguve. They are scheduled for a remand appearance soon, he said. Mr Coetzer was assaulted, throttled to death and then his body was dumped without any identification in a veld in Soshanguve extention 12. His torched bakkie was found Saturday-morning along the Rosslyn road north of Pretoria. One of the three suspects ‘was like a son to him,’ said the victim’s shocked son Mark, 39. His mother Dawn (63), had last heard from him on Friday-evening when he phoned her. The torched bakkie was discovered at 2am Saturday-morning and later that morning his body was also found. When the murdered man’s colleague then also disappeared without a trace, the SAPS launched a search for him and located him in Soshanguve. After questioning the worker, the other two also were arrested. “The first arrested worker had worked with my father for the past six years and they were very close,’ said Mark. “His arrest has shocked my mother tremendously because he was the very last man we would have suspected of participating in my father’s murder. Mr Coetzer sr.   also leaves behind his daughters Tanya Blignaut, Bernedett Hoal and  Merina Judd.
http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Drie-vas-na-man-se-lyk-gekry-is-20110201 http://www.farmitracker.com/reports/1020

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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