Alleged doctor killer denies being prostitute

2015-05-18 16:07
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Cape Town - A man accused of killing Dr Louis Heyns at a notorious pick-up spot in Strand had met other men there before but never asked for money in return, he told the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

“I have never before sold myself as a prostitute. I have been sexually involved with men before but not in that manner,” said Marthinus van der Walt, 35. Van der Walt, who testified in Afrikaans, was being cross-examined by prosecutor Samantha Raphaels.

Judge Andre le Grange asked why, in his version, he had walked up to Heyns on the evening of May 22 2013.

He replied: “I was at that spot before to be sexual with other men. You don’t necessarily go there to pay others.”

Speaking fast, and leaning on the witness box, he said he was feeling very sexual at the time and admitted to being bisexual, something that not even his family knew.

The judge asked whether it had been his plan to pick up men there or to find someone who would pay for sexual favours.

“No, I might have known I would meet someone there but it was not my intention to ask for money,” he replied.

Van der Walt has pleaded not guilty to hijacking, kidnapping and killing Dr Louis Heyns.

He testified on Monday morning that he and his brother Sarel were relaxing in the bushes in Strand the whole day and that the doctor approached him that evening, asking him what his price was.

The brothers were intoxicated and high on drugs at the time, and Sarel rested nearby while Heyns and Marthinus apparently discussed sex.

He said he assaulted the doctor after he apparently felt his penis through his clothing and insulted him. Van der Walt alleged Heyns had told him: “You expect me to pay you but your penis won’t even get hard”.

He earlier testified that he found only R50 on the doctor’s body while looking for his car keys and subsequently fled the scene in the car.

Raphaels said it did not make sense that Heyns would have gone looking for sexual favours without having sufficient money on him. 

“You can get a man there without money,” Van der Walt replied, never making eye contact with the prosecutor but staring straight ahead as he spoke.

Le Grange said that in his experience as a judge, and with cases involving prostitution, a price was first decided upon.

At times, Van der Walt seemed frustrated with the prosecutor and interrupted what she was saying. He told her he could not remember every detail because he was high at the time.

She replied that it was funny he could remember some details clearly and not others.

Last year, Sarel van der Walt pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the murder and theft. He reached a plea bargain with the State and is currently serving a seven-year sentence.

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