Hope of finding man's killer fading

By Dave GooderhamTHE twin brother of a man murdered by a gang of car-jackers in South Africa has revealed he is giving up hope of finding the killers.

By Dave Gooderham

THE twin brother of a man murdered by a gang of car-jackers in South Africa has revealed he is giving up hope of finding the killers.

Michael Toleman spoke of his frustration as police admitted they were no nearer to finding the men who gunned down his brother Gary in cold blood.

Gary Toleman, who used to live in Gedding, near Stowmarket, was shot in the mouth in a garage forecourt in Hazyview, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Johannesburg, as his fiancée Marlett pleaded for his life.


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Speaking from his home in Bacton, his twin brother. Michael, said he was not too surprised the investigations had hit a stumbling block.

“It is terrible for the whole family as we can't put Gary's death to rest. There are people out there who killed my brother and got away with it and I don't hold much hope of the police ever finding them,” he added.

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“But I am not too surprised they have no clues as it is very difficult country to police. There is no national insurance or social security numbers and no electoral roll.

“We also don't know if the men who killed Gary were even South African - they could have been from Zimbabwe or Mozambique. The chances of finding four men in the middle of all that are pretty remote. It is very frustrating.”

Mr Toleman said he believed the men were professional car-jackers and probably had a buyer already lined up for his brother's Vauxhall Vectra, later found abandoned after the vehicle's immobiliser kicked in.

The case has been transferred to Nelspruit police, who are linking the incident with a similar carjacking in the small community in April.

Capt Ogie Britz, of its serious crimes unit, said: “We are still waiting for informers to come to us with information, we have no clues, nothing at all, and it is very frustrating.

“There was a similar incident in Hazyview in April when the driver was not killed and we are looking into linking both incidents.

“We are also waiting for our forensic laboratory to come back with the fingerprint tests and we will be continuing our investigations.”

Officers have recovered the bullet from Mr Toleman's body and a cartridge from the 9mm gun used in the killing.

Gary, like his twin brother and his father Ted, was a powerboat champion before the entire family moved to South Africa 12 years ago to run a banana plantation.

Michael and his wife returned to live in Suffolk because of the rising violence in the country, while Gary's ex-wife and his three children also returned to East Anglia and now live in Colchester.

An inquest into Mr Toleman's death was open and adjourned in Bury St Edmunds last month.

dave.gooderham@eadt.co.uk

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