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Sunday, September 20, 2020
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    Murder case scrapped for now

    The state initially charged Karin van Heerden, his ex-wife, as well as one of his employees, Mr Darello Soetmelk, with being involved in the murder of Mervin.

    Mervin van Heerden was murdered on 2 August 2018. The case against the two suspects have now been removed from the court roll.
    According to the Senior Prosecutor on the case there is still a lot of investigation to be done. The case would be placed back on the roll once the investigation is completed.
    The state initially charged Karin van Heerden, his ex-wife, as well as one of his employees, Mr Darello Soetmelk, with being involved in the murder of Mervin.
    The body of Mervin was found a few days later, stuffed in an old pipe and nearly burned beyond recognition.
    Mr Mervin van Heerden was officially declared missing on Friday afternoon, 3 August, when police found his abandoned vehicle at the old Evander dumping site. The dumping site did not render any clues to the disappearance of Mr van Heerden.
    The police made a breakthrough with the arrest of two suspects. This led to the discovery of the body on Sunday. One of the police officers told the Bulletin that they worked non-stop to resolve the case.
    The discovery of Van Heerden’s car, however, was a turning point in their investigation. The car led the police back to the butchery where a crime scene was discovered and Mr Darello Soetmelk and Mrs Karen van Heerden were arrested. Soetmelk allegedly cooperated with the police and took them to where a body was found.
    The Bulletin learned that the case of Mr van Heerden might not be as clear-cut as it seems. There are allegations of domestic violence made against van Heerden as well as complaints made by him in turn. The Bulletin also learned that there was a legal battle for the ownership of the butchery and that van Heerden was successful in regaining full control of the butchery during the week prior to the murder. All of these allegations are being investigated by the police. More information was not available at the time of publication.

    Murder case scrapped for now