Nursery school killer a ‘classic’ control freak

2011-02-04 00:00

THE man who murdered two nursery school teachers in front of a five-year-old child was said to have exhibited classic symptoms of abusive behaviour by wanting to maintain order and control over his partner’s life.

Wayne Goosen (52) murdered mother and daughter Evelyn (58) and Gillian (33) Stanley in front of Gillian’s daughter near the crèche that they owned, Play and Schoolroom Nursery in Meerensee, on Sunday afternoon.

On Monday at around 3 pm he committed suicide in front of the SA Police Force after he was pulled over on the N2 near Hibberdene on the South Coast.

With a restraining order placed against him on March 29 last year by Evelyn’s daughter, Gillian, Goosen managed to worm his way back into Evelyn’s life — a common cycle in abusive relationships, according to Pam Govender of the Reaching Out Foundation. The Richards Bay-based organisation assists women and children in abusive households.

“The abuser intentionally worms himself back in. It is a well thought-out process and is generally about power and control. Victims need to know how to use a protection order otherwise they can get themselves killed,” said Govender.

She said the gun Goosen used to kill the women may not have been taken away from him because the restraining order may not have stipulated this.

“The victim must stipulate specifically what the terms of the order should be and to do this they should seek professional help. They must also not withhold information. The magistrate needs as much information as possible to make a fair judgment,” said Govender.

According to the SAPF, they responded to an argument between Evelyn and Goosen on December 23, and had urged Evelyn to implement a restraining order without knowing she already had one in place.

A relative of the Stanleys, Marcel Ferreira, said that before issuing the court order, the magistrate was informed Goosen owned several firearms, but this could not be confirmed at the time of going to press.

Ferreira said the family is “slowly recovering” from the double murder.

“The child is going for professional counselling. She is a strong little girl and we are all behind her 100%. My child is the same age as her and they have really connected. It is amazing how they seem to interact,” said Ferreira.

He said the crèche, which was closed this week, will be open this morning between 6 am to 8 am for parents to ask questions.

According to Richards Bay SAPF spokesperson Captain Debbie Ferreira, both women were fatally shot about 100 metres away from the crèche.

It is alleged Gillian ran away from the crèche while carrying her daughter after Goosen had tried to grab the child. She then stopped a passing bakkie and jumped in the back, but before she could duck, Goosen fatally shot her. The driver of the bakkie fled only to return once the police had arrived.

Goosen then turned on Evelyn, beat her and shot her twice at point blank range before climbing into the Polo and driving off.

Once he was gone an eyewitness took the five-year-old girl into her home to clean her up.

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