Slow police progress in murder probe

THE family of a Suffolk man murdered in South Africa have spoken of their frustration as they wait for police progress in the case.As police continue their investigations into the murder of Gary Toleman, his twin brother Michael said their calls for updates have been greeted with silence.

THE family of a Suffolk man murdered in South Africa have spoken of their frustration as they wait for police progress in the case.

As police continue their investigations into the murder of Gary Toleman, his twin brother Michael said their calls for updates have been greeted with silence.

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

His brother, who lives in Bacton, said: "We are not getting anywhere, we have had no reports back from South Africa or officials in this country.


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"It is all very quiet and this makes it especially frustrating and upsetting for the whole family. We are still waiting to hear but we are not that hopeful – we have heard absolutely nothing."

Mr Toleman said Miss Jordaan was continuing to lobby police in South Africa but admitted their chances of finding the killers were slim.

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He said: "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.

"We don't even know if the men who killed Gary were 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."

The case has been transferred to Nelspruit police who have linked the incident with a similar car-jacking in the small community in April when the driver was not killed.

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 rising violence in South Africa while Gary's ex-wife and his three children also returned to the area and now live in Colchester, Essex.

His death was met with a wave of tributes from friends and family including entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson who founded and sailed with Ted Toleman in their unsuccessful bid to become the fastest men to cross the Atlantic in 1985.

An inquest into Mr Toleman's death was opened and adjourned in Bury St Edmunds last monthand the family are also preparing to hold a memorial service in the near future.

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