Former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi is increasingly becoming the target of a police probe into the mysterious death of the company’s boss, Gavin Watson.
Sunday World can reveal that the police have established that Watson’s phone – which was missing from the scene of the alleged freak accident just outside OR Tambo International Airport that claimed Watson’s life – was registered (RICA’d) by Agrizzi in the former COO’s name.
The colonel investigating the case – who is known to Sunday World – briefed the family and company officials at Bosasa’s offices in Krugersdorp on the progress of the investigation.
“A significant area of concern regarding the day of Gavin’s death was the movement of Gavin’s phone subsequent to his death, where
the phone moved to Germiston during the day and then to Bryanston that night before being unable to trace the phone subsequently,” Gavin Watson’s nephew, Jared, who was present at the briefing, told Sunday World.
“We were informed at that time by those responsible for the investigation that Gavin’s phone had in fact been RICA’d by Angelo Agrizzi, which Agrizzi had not disclosed to anyone before this,” he added.
Gavin Watson’s phone was missing from the scene of his death, although he had sent a WhatsApp message at about 4am – minutes before the crash – on that fateful morning.
The phone was traced to Brickfield road, Rietfontein in Germiston, at 7.54pm.
One hour later, at 8.54pm, the phone was located on Bryanston drive.
“The police confirmed that the mandate of the investigation is to investigate and then submit their findings to a court to provide a ruling as to
how the investigation is to be treated. Until that ruling is made by a court, the police stipulated that no party can be officially listed as a ‘suspect’, however they reiterated that this does not mean that Agrizzi is not being investigated,” Jared said.
Agrizzi pleaded ignorance.
“I have no knowledge or at least I cannot recall why the phone would have been registered by myself. And I find it strange and knowing the Watsons, I would test such information,” he said.
“Furthermore, I have never had access to Watson’s phone at all.”
Agrizzi said it was improbable that he registered Gavin Watson’s phone in his name as the former boss had a phone long before he met him.
“If the police were in fact informed that I had control of his cellular phone or number don’t you think the logical thing to do would be to question myself?” he said.
Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said he could not comment until the conclusion of the probe and its referral to the National Prosecuting Authority.
By George Matlala