PI to assist with murdered Norkem father’s investigation

Private investigator Mike Bolhuis will now assist with the murder investigation of Stefan du Toit, of Norkem Park.

THE daughter of a Norkem Park resident who was killed in his home, last year, has appointed a private investigator to assist the police in their investigation.

Mariska Meyer called in the assistance of Mike Bolhuis, to assist the Norkem Park SAPS in solving the murder case of her dad, Stephan du Toit.

Du Toit was shot and killed in his home on February 11, last year, the same day one of his sons turned 30.

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“I urge all witnesses to come forward and to contact Vincent Harris on 082-673-1830, or Mike Bolhuis on 082-447-6116, with information that could assist with solving our father’s murder case,” she told the EXPRESS.

“To date no suspects have been arrested or interviewed, and I feel further assistance is needed in solving our father’s murder.

”I would like to take the opportunity to thank the police, and especially Capt Jones, for their hard work thus far.

”Also, a big thanks to Mike Bolhuis for offering to assist in the investigation of this case,” Meyer said.

She started a Facebook page for her father in July 2015, called Justice for Stephanus Francois du Toit. At the time she felt she was running into a brick wall because of the lack of progress with the investigation. Now, more than a year later, it is no different.

The armed robbery occurred at a complex on Pongolariver Drive, at 2am, when three men gained access to the house.

“When the burglars switched on the bedroom light where my dad, his wife and my baby sister were asleep, one of their miniature Dobermans, Shaggy, started to bark,” Meyer said.

”He wanted to calm Shaggy down when one of the robbers shot him through the left shoulder first and then through the right hip.”

She said the intruders then climbed over her father, collected five cellphones and ripped the chain from his wife’s neck.

They climbed back over him and shot him a third time, severing his spine.

They ran off and a neighbour saw them jumping over a wall; the police and ambulance were summoned.

“I’m not sure what time my dad passed away, but it was well after the emergency services arrived. I was called at 4.30am with the news,” Meyer said.

“Between the time the police arrived and the time I arrived my dad was attended to and forensics were done. No physical evidence was really collected on the scene, even though the burglars were wearing gloves without fingertips.

”Why were no fingerprints found on the light switch?

“When we arrived, the scene was not cordoned off and detergents had already been sprayed on the carpet and bed to remove the blood. My dad had already been removed from the scene.

“A pick axe was used to gain access to the house and was left behind at the scene. I would have thought this would be evidence, but this was collected from the house only two months after the incident.”

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