Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

12 June 2014

South Africa: Inge Lotz Murder - Nine Years Later, Two Amateur Forensic Sleuths Once Again Point Fingers At Fred Van Der Vyver

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Two brothers, amateur forensic sleuths, one based in the Cape and the other in Canada, are determined to find justice for 22-year-old Stellenbosch University masters student, Inge Lotz, nine years after her violent and brutal murder on 16 March, 2005.

Thomas and Calvin Mollett have spent two years poring over evidence and have published a book, "Bloody Lies - Citizens Reopen the Inge Lotz Murder Case", challenging the notion that the case for the prosecution was flawed and asserting there is compelling evidence "implicating" the ornamental hammer later found in Lotz's boyfriend Fred van der Vyver's car.

Thomas Mollet is a short, solid man with cropped hair and a face set in the defensive expression of a soul who has become accustomed to being "vilified" and attacked. And one certainly can't blame him for being nervous at this point. Mollett, a self-confessed amateur forensics investigator who lives in the small Swartland town of Piketberg, is today facing an audience of some of the country's most illustrious and eminent forensics experts including Professor Lorna Martin, head of forensic medicine and toxicology at UCT, Dr David Klatzow, forensic scientist, author and go-to-guy for the media as well as forensics...

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