Sunday Times Books LIVE Community Sign up

Login to Sunday Times Books LIVE

Forgotten password?

Forgotten your password?

Enter your username or email address and we'll send you reset instructions

Sunday Times Books LIVE

Piet Byleveld and David Klatzow Comment on the Police’s Investigation of the Murder Case Against Pistorius

Expert investigators Piet Byleveld and David Klatzow have been asked to comment on the police’s investigation of the murder case against Oscar Pistorius, whose girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at his house on Valentine’s Day. This follows after the police’s handling of the crime scene was criticised by Pistorius’ defence team during his bail hearing, which is continuing today in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

Blade RunnerByleveldSteeped in Blood

In an interview for eNCA, Klatzow, an independent forensic investigator and co-author of Steeped in Blood said that it is a pity that more care was not put into choosing the investigating office and analysing the crime scene, as he believes this case will come down to forensic evidence.

Retired detective Piet Byleveld, know for his high murder conviction rate, told News24 that he would have spent at least two days investigating the crime scene, while the police on the Pistorius case were only there for a day. “I wouldn’t even have allowed the commissioner in before I was satisfied that my investigation was complete. A day would’ve been too short for me to ascertain all the facts and to prepare properly,” he said.

Former top cop Piet Byleveld said he would have liked to have been the investigating officer in the murder case against Oscar Pistorius.

“In the light of the circumstances I would have spent at least two full days on the scene,” he told Beeld on Thursday.

Police have been criticised for their initial handling of the scene where model Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed in Pistorius’s upmarket home in the Silver Woods security estate.

Book details

eBook options – Download now!


Please register or log in to comment