De Jager sentencing to begin

2014-05-05 07:24
Johannes Christiaan De Jager (File, Sapa)

Johannes Christiaan De Jager (File, Sapa)

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Cape Town - Sentencing proceedings for Johannes Christiaan de Jager, convicted of killing two teenagers, are expected to begin in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

In passing judgment on Tuesday, acting Judge Chuma Cossie rejected as inconceivable De Jager's version of events leading up to the deaths of 18-year-old prostitute Hiltina Alexander in 2008 and 16-year-old Charmaine Mare last year.

During his trial, De Jager claimed that he grabbed Mare last January, causing her to slip and hit her upper body or head on the rim of a bath. When she did not regain consciousness, he panicked, dismembered her body and burned the torso.

De Jager pleaded not guilty to two charges of raping Alexander 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.

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.
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