June 6, 2016

ANOTHER #MURDER: Man dies on his 67th birthday after he was attacked & found with head injuries and barely breathing four days after he was last seen at his flat


THE son of Beacon Bay murder victim Trevor Bouchier, 67, who died after being found in his garden flat on May 22, has hired ace private investigator Christian Botha to help solve the crime.

Bouchier, who lived in the garden flat of his Bramble Lane house which he owned and rented out, was found with head injuries and barely breathing four days after he was last seen at his flat. He died at Frere Hospital early on the morning of his 67th birthday on May 23.
His son, Shaun, who lives in Cape Town, said his father was found in his bedroom with his mattress dumped on top of him after a family member became concerned when he did not answer his phone or arrive for a family lunch in East London on Sunday, May 22.
“He was last seen by the tenant’s domestic worker on his roof with his painter on Wednesday (May 18) at 3pm, but he had told his tenants he would be away the next day,” said Bouchier, who is the national director of Eurolux and was in London when his father was found. “He would also sometimes go on hunting or fishing trips so they thought he was away,” he said.
Bouchier said a family member and the tenant found his father’s sliding door open and the lounge and bedroom floors covered in blood. He passed away at 2.30am the next day.
“I hired Christian Botha because he had solved the kidnap of a cousin of mine in two days. He has a great reputation and I wanted to give the police every assistance. I want justice for my father and I also want to get them (his killers) off the streets.”
Christian Botha said “drag marks” were visible on the bloodied lounge floor and the flat was ransacked.
Botha said he arrested the painter in a sting operation on Thursday but the man and a fellow accused had been released due to lack of evidence after appearing in the East London Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Bouchier said his father had taken part in 10 Surfers Marathons and had been a founder and honorary member of the Border Hunting Club. — barbarah@dispatch.co.za