De Waal alive when set alight

2012-07-25 11:54
Jaco Steyn (File, Sapa)

Jaco Steyn (File, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

'Sunday rapist' pleads not guilty

2012-07-24 07:57

Media was given access to the trial of Johannes Steyn at the 11th hour. Watch scenes from inside the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court during the emotional proceedings. WATCH

Johannesburg - Murdered teenager Louise de Waal was alive when she was set alight, the High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton, heard on Wednesday.

Forensic specialist Gina Rowe testified that soot and bloodstained froth was found when she examined De Waal's trachea and bronchi.

"It was inhaled into her lungs."

Judge Sida Kolbe asked if De Waal was alive for this to happen, to which Rowe answered: "It would have been an indication of life".

Foot burnt off

De Waal's mother Shereen gasped "Oh, my God", putting her hands over her mouth. But Rowe said there was not a lot of soot in her trachea, and therefore it was possible she had been unconscious.

Rowe explained the graphic findings of the post mortem, including De Waal's badly burnt scalp and protruding tongue. Her left foot was burnt off her body and the soft tissue was burnt off her lower legs.

Her carbon monoxide levels were at 9.8%, which Rowe said was high.

"I would expect lower levels (because she was burnt outside)."

Johannes Jacobus Steyn, dubbed the "Sunday Rapist", is accused of murdering school girls De Waal and Lazanne Farmer.

He is also charged with 11 counts of rape, 10 of sexual assault, 10 of kidnapping, one of attempted sexual assault, one of attempted kidnapping and two of assault.

The 11 girls he allegedly attacked between 2008 and 2011 were all between 11 and 18 years old.
The 36-year-old pleaded not guilty to all 37 charges against him on Monday.

On Tuesday, the court heard that an identikit compiled by a friend of De Waal's led to Steyn's arrest.

Steyn unresponsive

Policeman Warrant Officer Riaan Jooste testified that he received a call on October 17, the day De Waal was murdered, from a woman who wanted to remain anonymous.

Jooste narrowed the list down to 17 possible suspects, searched police files and found Steyn in the system because he had previously laid a complaint against someone else.

This led Warrant Officer Danie Pieterse to search for a silver bakkie at Steyn's house, which he found. He could not enter the property because the gate was locked.

During a break in proceedings, De Waal's mother Shereen commanded Steyn to look at her, but the unresponsive Steyn kept his head down throughout the day, a Bible beside him, making notes.
Read more on:    jaco steyn  |  louise de waal  |  johannesburg

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
121 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.