De Jager guilty of raping, killing woman

2014-04-29 14:01
Johannes Christiaan De Jager (File, Sapa)

Johannes Christiaan De Jager (File, Sapa)

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Cape Town - The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday found Johannes Christiaan de Jager guilty of raping and strangling to death Cape Town prostitute Hiltina Alexander in 2008.

"In the circumstances, an inference can be drawn by this court that the person responsible for these offences could only be the accused," acting Judge Chuma Cossie said in handing down judgment.

"In my view, the State has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt in respect of charges one, two, and three, and therefore the accused is found guilty as charged in respect of those charges."

De Jager had pleaded not guilty to two charges of raping Alexander, vaginally and anally, and to her murder.

He had testified that he had picked up Alexander in the early hours of Monday, 19 May 2008, for a Namibian man he had just met called Johan.

He testified that he last saw the two together in bed.

However, Cossie refuted all the assertions and evidence put before her by defence lawyer Sakkie Maartens.

She said it was reasonably, possibly true that Alexander was picked up in the early hours of Sunday morning, as testified by two brothers who were the last to see her.

This finding was backed up by a post-mortem that noted the body was in the early stages of decomposition and had sustained sun damage.

The court rejected De Jager's explanation for an earring found at the back of his bakkie after the murder.

Alexander's boyfriend Colin Jacobs had positively identified the earring. De Jager maintained that the earring could have belonged to a girl whose luggage he transported for a Voortrekker camp.

"The court has difficulty in accepting the version of the accused and regards it as improbable in this regard."

DNA

De Jager had put forward Johan as an alibi and led police to his sister's flat. Police later testified they discovered a man who had been living in the flat for 15 years, who did not know De Jager and had no knowledge of Johan or his sister.

"Therefore, it is highly improbable that there was a person by the name of Johan and also, highly improbable that the flat ever belonged to Johan's sister."

On the DNA evidence, the court accepted an expert's opinion that the type of De Jager's DNA found under Alexander's nails was not touch DNA transferred by fondling his private parts.

De Jager was found guilty on two counts of rape, as the court deemed an interruption between vaginal and anal penetration to be separate acts.

In court was Alexander's mother Zenobia Solomon, who appeared very emotional and sobbed into a tissue.

De Jager remained seated throughout judgment as he apparently had an infection in his leg from an insect bite.

His expression remained blank as the judge made her findings.

- SAPA
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