De Waal murder suspect 'a good person'

2011-10-14 08:44
The alleged "Sunday rapist" is led out of the Margate police station, where he admitted to kidnapping and murdering Roodepoort teenager Louise de Waal. (Indhrannie Pillay, Foto24)

The alleged "Sunday rapist" is led out of the Margate police station, where he admitted to kidnapping and murdering Roodepoort teenager Louise de Waal. (Indhrannie Pillay, Foto24)

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Johannesburg - A neighbour of the man who has been arrested for the murder of schoolgirl Louise de Waal, 16, has expressed shock and disbelief at the news.

He told The Times that the suspect - who has not been identified - is a good man who doesn’t drink or smoke. He works in Roodepoort and lives in a nice neighbourhood with his wife, son and three dogs.

"He was always friendly and always neat. He was such a good person. That's why it's such a shock."

But the suspect allegedly confessed to police that he kidnapped De Waal as she was walking to school, apparently because he liked the way she looked.

Neighbours were also unaware that the man is a convicted sex offender who had to perform four hours of community service every Sunday after he was convicted of sexual assault in 2007. Police are now investigating whether he is the Sunday Rapist, thought to have brutally raped 10 girls.

Details emerged on Thursday on how police managed to convince the suspect to turn himself in, with the help of his brother.

Meanwhile, school friends of De Waal at Die Burger High School in Roodepoort were struggling to come to terms with her death and were receiving counselling.

Two bouquets of flowers had been left at the school in her memory. 

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