De Waal killer to appear in court

2011-10-14 08:55

The man who admitted to kidnapping and murdering Florida High School pupil Louise de Waal will appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court on Monday, police said.

“We can confirm that he is in Johannesburg, and that he is being kept at an undisclosed facility,” Lieutenant-Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said today.

The 35-year-old man allegedly kidnapped De Waal in Roodepoort, northwestern Joburg, on Wednesday morning.

A burnt body, believed to be hers, was found on a farm in Magaliesburg later that day.

He handed himself in at the Margate Police Station, in KwaZulu-Natal, yesterday morning.

Yesterday, Gauteng police commissioner Major-General Nobesuthu Masiya said lead investigator in the case, Warrant Officer Peet du Toit, contacted the man through his brother, and persuaded him to hand himself over.

The Star reported he went to the police after an hour-long phone conversation with Du Toit.

“So many people had been put on this assignment to find this man, but no one could find him. His phone was on and off,” Du Toit told The Star.

The man was allegedly linked to nine cases of rape and one of murder, attributed to a man nicknamed the “Sunday rapist”.

In 2007, he received a suspended sentence for sexual assault while he worked as a distribution planner for a transport company in Kempton Park.

He was currently involved in a business that installed ceilings and skirting boards on Joburg’s West Rand.

According to newspaper reports he was Afrikaans-speaking, aged 35, and married with a six-year-old son.

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