‘No remorse’

2012-09-20 00:00

AFTER hearing that he had been sentenced to five life terms, the man dubbed the “Sunday Rapist” left a jam-packed court room yesterday to loud jeering and a pointed warning that he may be raped in jail.

Jaco Steyn, had earlier been found guilty on 33 charges, including murder, in the high court sitting in Alberton.

A man seated in the public gallery, shouted: “Steyn, Papa wag vir jou” (Daddy is waiting for you) — a reference to a controversial television advert warning male motorists that if they were caught drunk-driving, they faced the prospect of being raped in prison.

The families of two of Steyn’s victims, Lazanne Farmer and Louise de Waal, embraced one another in tears. The sentencing comes exactly two years to the day that Steyn abducted, raped and indecently assaulted a 15-year-old Carletonville girl.

Judge Sita Kolbe said society had to be protected against Steyn and sentenced him to a total of five life sentences and a further 170 years in prison for his other crimes.

“When Lazanne fell from your bakkie you told her friend cold-bloodedly that you had hoped you could have a threesome,” said Kolbe. Lazanne’s mother, Anna, burst into tears after the court proceedings and was comforted by her daughter Henriëtte.

“I’m glad about the jail sentence, but that won’t bring my daughter back,” she said.

The state yesterday submitted aggravating evidence, including a psychological report, which Kolbe quoted from several times.

It also included a letter in which Steyn confessed in graphic, shocking detail how he abducted, raped and murdered Louise, and a letter written to Steyn by Louise’s mother, Shireen de Waal.

Shireen de Waal read the letter aloud from the witness stand.

In the letter, she said: “You are the most despicable, disgusting human being …

“You’ve managed to destroy my life and those of many young girls … You took her life in the most horrible way.”

Looking at Steyn’s, Shireen de Waal said: “May you never find peace and forgiveness in the Bible you carry to court …

“I take pleasure in knowing you’ll never know your son. I’ll miss my daughter’s matric dance, 18th and 21st birthday, her wedding and first baby, but my daughter is dead: your son is alive.”

Steyn’s son shares a birthday with the girl he murdered. “How would you feel if it was your son who was murdered in that manner?” Shireen de Waal asked.

The court heard that she had lost her job and home since losing her daughter and was on medication. Steyn listened grim-faced.

One of Steyn’s female friends read excerpts from the letter he had written to her while in custody. The De Waal family reacted violently, as the woman read how Steyn had forced Louise to stimulate him orally.

“And she did it well too — definitely not her first time,” Steyn wrote.

Shireen and her daughter Jessica cried out in shock and sat with their hands covering their mouths. The woman friend described Steyn as a courteous, friendly and helpful person.

“The person that committed the crimes is not the Jaco I know.”

Franco Visser, a clinical psychologist, testified that Steyn experienced no remorse for what he had done to his victims.

“The chances of rehabilitation are slim, if possible at all,” Visser said.

“Steyn will commit these crimes again, given the chance.

“He blames his wife for his problems and to a large extent for his behaviour towards Louise de Waal.

“Moreover, he resents his wife and feels anger towards her in a way that could possibly endanger her.”

Steyn told journalists after the court proceedings: “It is harder for me than for the victims … Nobody was there when I wept before the Lord.”

He also said Louise de Waal had not put up much of a fight, but would not elaborate any further on her death.

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