Why aren't the killers of 21-year-old Lizel Polley, gruesomely murdered on 18 Jan 2007, still not caught?
2012-05-29 KEMPTON PARK - Ügen Vos reports: More than five years after mom Allice Polley, 57, found her gruesomely mutilated daugher Lizel's body in their blood-filled bath-tub on 19 January 2007 at their Kempton Park home, she is still seeking answers from the SAPS.Lizel probably opened the security gates to their Edleen home and may even have made tea for them, siad Mrs Polley.
She was tied up, raped, tortured, and strangled. Her entire face was crushed.
And that was only the start of her mother's nightmare. The SAPS allowed important forensic evidence to 'get lost', and after the SAPS investigators had left the murder-scene, her mother found two of Lizel's front-teeth in the bathtub: indicating that the forensic investigation had been hasty and careless,
The SAPS also did not take towels which were used by the attackers to clean the murder-scene for forensic tests.
And there were no finger-prints taken in the kitchen where Lizel was attacked.
A then-SAPS inspector, now with the rank of warrant-officer, had made an entry in the Germiston police station on 14 December that Lizel had been a witness
in a drugs-investigation and had been taken by the SAPS to identify a drug-dealers' house in Primrose - and that specific officer had also showed up at the murder scene four times.
This specific officer, according to Mrs Polley and other eye-witnesses, had ordered his colleagues to 'clean the crime-scene at once'- he allegedly also refused to provide DNA-samples of himself because he'd been at the crime scene.
And four days before the girl's murder, threats were issued that Lizel would be murdered.
The investigating police officer also had allegedly removed important evidence from the scene together with her husband, an ex-police officer and now aprivate investigator.
Mrs Polley did not reveal their names but Mrs Polley said this important forence evidence is 'still missing' together with video- and crime-scene photos.
She had only heard later that the first crime-scene investigator had a mental breakdown - but wasn't replaced for months, so the investigation stopped for months.
And eventually a junior police officer with limited experience took over the case.
Mrs Polley had also asked that a third investigator had to be removed from the case 'because he drank too much and revealed personal information about Lizel and the case'.
"The entire story makes me ill,' Mrs Polley told Mr Vos: 'the SAPS sits and looks at me with big eyes, shake their heads and simply do nothing'.
Lizl was the light of my life but it appears as if the police are protecting her killers and get away with murder'.
Mrs Polley was badly traumatised and moved from the murder house, lost her job last year and moved five times since that time.
"The SAPS has simply let the case run cold and now just works with hearsay claims and reactions, I don't believe they will ever be able to arrest anyone any longer.'
SAPS captain Pinky Tsinyane said the provincial investigation team is now handling the coldcase.
They can be contacted at investigating officer w/o Danie Nortjé, tel 082 772 6756 or 011 776 5641.