Accused killer reveals face

2011-12-14 00:00

“GO on, you can look at me. It was my daughter.”

These were the words Shireen de Waal, mother of murdered schoolgirl Louise de Waal (16), snarled at her daughter’s suspected rapist and murderer as he was led to the cells below the Krugersdorp Regional Court yesterday.

It was the first time De Waal had seen the face of Johannes Jacobus Steyn, the so-called Sunday rapist.

She, Louise’s sister Jessica du Toit, her brother-in-law, David Agsteribbe, and a family friend sat right in the front of the jam-packed courtroom.

A dead silence followed De Waal’s words to Steyn, after which Vic de Beer, a Florida resident, loudly shouted the word “Pig!”.

“He was sitting there [in court] like a sir. He thinks he’s a b***** hero,” an angry De Beer said outside the court.

Louise was abducted on her way to Die Burger High School in Roodepoort four days before her 17th birthday. Her charred remains were found on a farm in the Magaliesburg the next day.

During his previous court appearance two months ago, Steyn (35) hid his face from photographers and members of the public, but yesterday he looked intently at the magistrate with a self-satisfied air.

Steyn faces 32 “serious” charges, including the murder and rape of Louise de Waal.

Besides murder and several rape charges, Steyn was also charged with sexual assault and kidnapping.

All his victims were younger than 18.

One of the two public prosecutors in the case, advocate Carina Coetzee, asked Magistrate Keith Page to postpone the case until February because a report from the forensic laboratory will be available only in January.

It is also not clear when a toxicology report needed to complete the post-mortem investigation will be available.

The state and Steyn’s legal representative, Jack van Heerden, agreed that all the charges against Steyn should be consolidated.

The police suspect that he is connected to kidnappings and rapes in Vanderbijlpark, Krugersdorp, Potchefstroom, Carletonville, Pretoria and Rustenburg.

Lee Lerm, a trauma counsellor who supported De Waal in court, said after the proceedings she wasn’t doing well.

“She has lost her daughter and no judicial system will bring her back.”

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