WELLINGTON SERIAL KILLER CASE
by Maygene de Wee
Police are now investigating women who disappeared as far back as in 2012
The detectives investigating the alleged Wellington serial killer case are now looking for information related to the disappearance of women as far back as 2012. The disappearance of three women, Chantell Matthysen (21), Maria Isaacs (34) and Natalie Jonkers (35), are already linked to the alleged Wellington serial killer (46).
The police have now expanded their investigation to women who have disappeared in the Boland area, and possibly as far as Vredenburg. The alleged serial killer apparently lived with his brother at Vredenburg at some point. A source familiar with the investigation said he was hunting out there.
The suspect is currently only charged with the murder of Matthysen. Related charges include assault with the purpose of seriously injuring, and two charges of rape. He allegedly assaulted his 24-year-old ex-girlfriend on June 27 this year, and allegedly raped her two times.
She apparently called for an interdict before the attack. The case against him was postponed on Wednesday in the magistrate’s court in Wellington until 13 July.
The suspect was arrested on the farm Ongegund on Sunday night. On Monday, he pointed police to Matthysen’s body buried under branches on the farm Aubon Rue, near the banks of the Berg River.
Her hands and feet were tied behind her back and she lay on her stomach. She was strangled with a rope. She was buried at Kalkfontein Primary School in Kalkfontein on Saturday.
On Tuesday he showed police where Isaac’s body was hidden, which was a few meters from where Matthysen’s body was hidden, and she was also buried in a shallow grave.
On Thursday he showed police where the remains of another woman, presumably the one of Jonkers, was buried on a piece of land bound by the farm Helpmekaar and the R45 outside Wellington.
Police sources said on Friday that those remains are now being tested for DNA.
Wellington residents on Friday showed Netwerk24 yet another shallow grave. Vehicle tracks and flattened grass were still fresh, however, the police did not want to confirm whether remains were found.
That grave is near the Lady Loch Bridge, right next to the Berg River. The alleged Wellington serial killer was arrested in the police cell at the magistrate’s court on Monday night. He was brought late to the Allendale prison in Paarl on Friday afternoon where he will be detained until his next appearance.
A senior prosecutor of the public prosecutor’s office said on Friday that new charges against the alleged Wellington serial killer will only be added to the charge sheet with his next appearance.