Nov 29, 2022

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How a rape case was crucial in linking murderer to cycling champ’s death

For more than a decade, the family of murdered cycling champion Etienne van Wyk waited, hoping for justice, while his killer apparently made a new life in a town about two hours from the Mpumalanga crime scene.

Van Wyk, 29, was killed on January 30, 2007 at his home in Steiltes, Mbombela by mafika Ronnie Nkosi in a botched robbery. The businessman’s bloodied and battered body was found the next morning by his maid and gardener.

Fingerprints were found at the scene, but a search yielded no matches.

Afterwards Die Initial investigation went cold, the case was referred to the Hawks’ Mpumalanga Serious Organized Crime Investigation Unit. More than 13 years later, Nkosi was arrested in Elukwatini, where he worked as a forklift driver in a hardware store.

The investigating officer, Lieutenant Colonel Erhard Ströh, explained the events that took place after the murder.

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“[Initially] the local Criminal Records Office attended the crime scene and found forensic evidence linking the suspect to the crime scene. No suspect has been identified and no suspect arrested at the time of the incident,” he told TimesLIVE.

Ströh said the murder may have become a “cold case” due to a lack of information at the time. However, the Hawks got a break in 2011 when Nkosi was arrested in connection with a 2004 rape case. He had previously escaped custody at Waterval Boven Police Station after his first arrest for rape.

< p>He was later acquitted of the rape charge, but his arrest would prove crucial in getting him fingerprinted to the murder of Van Wyk.

It would be nine years before the network finally shut down Nkosi when the Hawks arrested him at work in October 2020, almost two hours from the scene . According to Ströh, Nkosi did not resist the arrest.

Mpumalanga Hawks spokesman Lt-Col Philani Nkwalase said the delay in connecting with Nkosi was due to several factors, including the lengthy fingerprint tracing process , which are not present in the police system . This meant police had to expand their search to other databases, such as B. Home Affairs, which may take time.

Nkosi, now 44, was convicted of burglary and murder by Nelspruit Regional Court on Monday.

He was sentenced to 25 years in prison convicted of murder and an additional five years for burglary.

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