Heinrich van Rooyen: An innocent man in prison

Update posted by Dianne Lang On Jan 11, 2016

Justice for Heinrich van Rooyen

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During October 2005 a young girl Jessica Wheeler was murdered in the coastal holiday town of Knysna, South Africa. The local police made no arrests and a month later another young girl Victoria Stadler was found murdered in the Noetzie forest on the fringe of Knysna.

Placed under immense pressure, days later the police arrested a popular youngster Heinrich (“Heinie”) van Rooyen who was a “DJ” at a local nightclub. In both murder cases, the police suddenly experienced a host of “major breakthroughs” that included the finding of an “eye-witness” to Jessica’s murder – 40 days after the murder!

In Victoria’s murder, the police claimed to have “found” a crucial piece of evidence, her black pants and panty, only 3 meters from where her body was discovered. This was 5 days after forensic experts and trained police dogs had combed the area on numerous occasions!

The trial judge leaned heavily on the testimony of the “eye-witness” and the DNA that was “found” on the black pants in both murders. He returned with a verdict of guilty and sentenced Heinie to 30 years imprisonment without parole. The Appellant Division including the SA Constitutional Court dismissed Heinrich’s appeal without even glancing at his very real reasons.

Ex-policeman and author Alan D Elsdon recently embarked on what seemed an impossible task – to prove Heinrich’s innocence after 10 years. Within days, he found a true “eye-witness” to Jessica’s murder. This witness placed two men at the crime scene that was drug-related.

In Jessica’s case, Elsdon found that the police or state’s “eye-witness” who testified in court, committed complete perjury. His false testimony was a plan devised by members of the Knysna police to protect the identity of the feared “Drug Lord” in Knysna. Sworn statements obtained and other new evidence proves these findings.

In Victoria’s case, Elsdon discovered that members of the police committed perjury in the so-called “finding” of the black pants and panty. Various police officers in sworn statements claimed to have been in the Noetzie forest at the time of the finding of the crucial exhibits. Elsdon came across other police statements and documents made at the time that are contradictory. It proves members of the police tampered with the exhibits “found” in the forest. The exhibits that sealed Heinrich’s fate should never have been admissible in court.

These are just two examples of new evidence gathered in recent months and provided to the police for further investigation. The police however refused to revisit the murders despite the incriminating new evidence and persons willing to co-operate. The last means available to show Heinrich’s innocence is the SA legal system.

However, additional statements are required from persons to strengthen a last attempt appeal. An Advocate will then be in a strong position to make an informed and factual Appeal to the Appellant Division and/or Constitutional Court with the backing of the media and other foundations.

Heinrich has maintained his innocence from the day of his arrest. He has spent 10 years in prison and faces another 20 innocent years behind bars. Funds are required to keep this worthy cause moving forward and to seek “Justice for Heinrich van Rooyen” and his family.

© ADE

08 January 2016

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Hi Ilse Potgieter, thank-you so much for your donation. Much has been achieved but there’s a (not too) long road ahead if we receive more funding. Thank-you for your concern and kindness.

Dianne Lang

Posted On Feb 05, 2016

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http://www.knysnaplettherald.com/news/News/General/140690/New-information-in-2005-Knysna-murders

Janine Nel

Posted On Jan 15, 2016

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Thank you Ilse, Let’s get the truth out there. South Africa isn’t enough, we need the world to know.

Janine Nel

Posted On Jan 12, 2016

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Ilse Potgieter

Backed with €50.00 On Jan 11, 2016

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When Alan D Elsdon started uncovering the truth behind the framing of Heinie by the Knysna SAPS, he was shown the door when asking to have access to the case documents. Shortly after, a public notice went out, that the Knysna SAPS was banned from speaking to anyone regarding the case, as it was closed and they had their verdict. No journalists, authors, not even the public may approach the staff of the Knysna SAPS regarding this case. Their lips are sealed and any of their staff not abiding by this order, will be harshly dealt with. Suspicious much?

Janine Nel

Posted On Jan 11, 2016

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The police however refused to revisit the murders despite the incriminating new evidence and persons willing to co-operate. The last means available to show Heinrich’s innocence is the SA legal system. Without money Heinrich will remain in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Dianne Lang

Posted On Jan 11, 2016

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