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Family hopeful arrest will be made

The family of the slain University of the Western Cape (UWC) student, Jesse Hess (18) are hopeful that the investigation into her murder will lead to arrests.

The first-year theology student and her step-grandfather, Chris Lategan, were murdered on Friday 30 August at the Beaumont apartments in Victoria Street, Parow.

The former Table View Primary School learner and senior citizen were strangled to death. The attackers only took a flat-screen television, a bag and two cellphones.

To date, no arrests have been made.

Despite the lengthy investigation into the matter, Sandy Hess, Jesse’s aunt, says she remains hopeful that the detectives will make a breakthrough.

“It is actually a very sensitive case.

“I speak to the detective almost every day or second day and he keeps me updated as to what is going on.

“I understand what they are doing and how far they are with the case,” she says.

She says the only issue the police and they grapple with, is the department of health, who to date has not yet released the forensic report – something she feels will help the detectives in their investigation.

Thus far, the department has only released the post mortem report.

The family has also reached out to a political party to help.

She says the crime scene was thoroughly combed by the police’s forensic team on the day of the attack.

Sandy, who has just started a new job, was not at home on the day of the attack and Sandy’s mother, partner to Chris, was also at her place of employment.

“I personally think that the attacker is somebody we know,” she adds.

She says the family is living in fear and that they are anxious.

“The door was opened for them on that day, and there was no forced entry – that is why I know it is someone we know.

“The detective said that he will arrest them, even if it is the last thing that he does. I do believe that the police will catch them.”

Jesse served as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader at the Church of the Nazarene in Matroosfontein.

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