Cold Case: Letter recipient identified

The confession letter at the centre of the case is addressed to a man identified only as Sando.

State witness and investigating officer in the Betty Ketani murder trial, captain Gerhard van Wyk. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The investigating officer in the Betty Ketani murder case has described how he traced the man he believes was the intended recipient of a hidden confession.

Captain Gerhard van Wyk is spending his second day in the witness box, testifying about his investigation and pulling together all the evidence.

Three men are on trial for killing Ketani 15 years ago in a crime described in a confession found under a carpet many years later.

The confession at the centre of the case is addressed to a man identified only as Sando.

Van Wyk testified that the alleged author of the confession, Carrington Lawton, is close friends with Sandor Egyed, who now lives in New Zealand.

The detective told the court that despite efforts through Interpol, he was never able to secure a statement from him.

Van Wyk did have a conversation with Egyed on the phone.

He further says that the two were such close friends that Egyed was best man at Lawton's wedding.

The three accused have denied all charges against them and dispute the authenticity of the confession.