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I'm a monster, 'Sunday Rapist' told ex

2012-07-30 22:36

Johannesburg - After phoning his ex-wife to tell her he had kidnapped another girl, Jaco Steyn, dubbed the "Sunday Rapist", said he was sorry and that he is a monster, a court heard on Monday.

The woman, who may not be identified, described a phone call he made to her on the day teenager Louise de Waal was murdered in October 2010.

"He phoned me and said he kidnapped another girl. He is sorry and that he is a monster," she told the South Gauteng High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton.

She gave evidence in camera.

Steyn is being tried for the murder of schoolgirls De Waal and Lazanne Farmer.

Steyn 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. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

His ex-wife said he phoned her on 12 October 2010, the day of De Waal's murder, and told her he had kidnapped a girl.

He told her he was confused and he was going to leave. He said there would be police at his house and that she should tell them he was guilty.

Asked about his whereabouts on Sundays, she said he did community service at a hospital in the mornings for almost four hours for a previous conviction.

"It's what he told me."

Throughout his ex-wife's testimony, Steyn cried. He put his head in his hands, sighed, and constantly wiped his eyes.

When asked why he always brought a Bible into court with him, Steyn said: "It gives me courage".

He said his brother gave him the Bible in 2007. Steyn said Psalm 43, especially, gave him courage.

The Psalm reads: "Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man."

He kept a bookmark with a picture of his wife and child on that page.

The 11 girls Steyn allegedly attacked between 2008 and 2011 were aged between 11 and 18.

Lucky day

Two of Steyn's alleged victims testified in camera on Monday.

An 18-year-old recounted how her friend jumped to her death from a moving vehicle in an attempt to escape.

"She let go of my hand and jumped out of the bakkie," she told the court.

The fleeing teenager, Farmer, did not survive.

"I wanted to jump out with Lazanne, but then he grabbed me and closed the door," the 18-year-old testified.

"I thought she was going to get help. I though she might have gotten hurt."

The two girls were kidnapped on 5 September 2010, in Pretoria.

The 18-year-old testified that her disguised kidnapper drove her to a remote location and raped her. He kept her sandals and her bra.

Another 16-year-old also testified about being kidnapped, blindfolded, and sexually assaulted.

She told the court that when he undressed her, he saw she was menstruating. "He told me it was my lucky day."

He then took out a "machine" and moved it around her breasts. She explained how he used this "machine" to sexually assault her.

Her kidnapper, disguised in a wig and sunglasses, kept her hairband, her purple T-shirt, her underwear, and her shoes.

Relatives of Farmer were in court on Monday. They cried during the 16-year-old's testimony.

Her mother Anna Farmer briefly took the stand.

"For me, it still feels like it happened yesterday," she said, crying.

The trial continues on Tuesday.

Comments
  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-30 22:57

    Dear heavens. Is this despicable person's deeds going to be turned into a racial war again. Look at what was done people, not the colour of the person.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-31 07:08

      Sadly News 24 has done it again. EVERYTHING in this article has been rehashed from previous articles today except the headline. They saved that one qoute and turned it into a story. Bad News24, bad!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-31 18:49

      I am happy to see all the unnecessary racial posts have been removed!

  • Quantronium - 2012-07-30 23:06

    Hang this beast by his testicles a lil tiny mob justice via the victims and their families

      helen.lange.58 - 2012-07-31 09:03

      I say give harsher punishment to these sex offenders. How many times should they prove to us that they CAN'T be rehabilitated. How many children should die at the hands of someone that already raped/kidnapped children after they got out on bail? I say lock these animals up and throw away the key the first sexual offense againgst a child.

  • wehan.victor - 2012-07-30 23:18

    a Good necklacing seems a fitting punishment.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-30 23:22

      as an afterthought, we know what prisoners do to rapists - maybe it's a good thing that he just gets a jail sentence.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-30 23:32

      Yes, a nice long one.

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-07-31 13:54

      Just make sure that the tyres take an extra long time to burn.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-07-30 23:42

    You truly are a monster and even more sad is it seems your wife is complicit to your crimes against these kids owing to her confession.Hiding behind words is inexcusable.You need more thsn damage but a kind way out is the death penalty.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-31 00:05

      Similar to the old Gert van Rooyen/Joey Haarhoff situation. But those poor kids parents never got closure.

  • NickvanderLeek - 2012-07-31 01:10

    O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man. - yes, deliver us from your evil, hypocrite!

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-31 01:46

    So she knew about her ex-husbands wrong doings and kept quiet about. Doesn't that make her an...

      Squeegee - 2012-07-31 07:09

      He was referring to an earlier conviction...

  • Marius Koen - 2012-07-31 05:24

    This man does not deserve to be alive. Death to all rapists.

  • terry.burne - 2012-07-31 05:53

    For crying in a bucket - some of you race-obsessed morons miss the point. This man deserves the death penalty, regardless of his race, as do the many rapists and murderers of any other race group.

      aphindas - 2012-07-31 06:45

      Ya crime is crime regardless of race am so disgusted with these people who are turnin this into a racial fight

      frank.c.cruz.98 - 2012-07-31 06:52

      I'm pleading with the Magistrate, please tamper justice with mercy... No! Tamper mercy with JUSTICE and sentence this man to death by hanging till confirmed dead! Not hanging by his neck but by that tool he was working with! Beast!

      frank.c.cruz.98 - 2012-07-31 06:53

      I'm pleading with the Magistrate, please tamper justice with mercy... No! Tamper mercy with JUSTICE and sentence this man to death by hanging till confirmed dead! Not hanging by his neck but by that tool he was working with! Beast!

  • aphindas - 2012-07-31 06:57

    Give dat idoit bail we wil neck lace him ourself viva mob justice viva

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-07-31 13:59

      Good for you. Just keep watch and make sure he doesn't get bail. I'm right behind you.

  • frank.c.cruz.98 - 2012-07-31 06:59

    I'm pleading with the Magistrate, please tamper justice with mercy... No! Tamper mercy with JUSTICE and sentence this man to death by hanging! Not hanging by his neck but by that tool with which he committed the said crime! Beast!!!

  • stofel.sanoka - 2012-07-31 07:08

    Slan die hond!

      merven.halo - 2012-07-31 07:44

      Hey! You can not insult dogs like this! This guy don't qualify to be compared to anything than filth.

  • motlatsom - 2012-07-31 07:28

    he surely is posessed by evil spirits,who r we 2 judge em!

      Quantronium - 2012-07-31 08:41

      We are Human

      riette.nothling - 2012-07-31 10:33

      I would like to see if you have this same mentality if it was your child that was raped by this filth. Evil spirits my @rse, it's weak excuse by people who want to excuse what they've done!

  • Nombuso Mahlangu - 2012-07-31 07:29

    This guy knows what he did is evil so, he is probably hoping that God will influence the Magistrate forgetting that God is fair to all. His punishment should be to serve jail till eternity and utilise his bible by preaching to his fellow inmates.

  • gungets.tuft - 2012-07-31 07:34

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  • Quantronium - 2012-07-31 07:50

    Bloody sick devil!, he should hv found the courage to leave the girls in peace. They should burn his bible and give him a beating [a lil near death experiance 3 times a week and electrocute his nuts]. Evil senceless crime makes me sick to my stomuch

  • charlie.elford.5 - 2012-07-31 07:56

    Wonder if he got his inspiration and courage from his bible before he raped and killed the girls, too?

  • jacque.hilbert - 2012-07-31 08:07

    Am I the only one questioning his ex wife's statement - "He phoned me and said he kidnapped ANOTHER girl". Does that mean she knew about the others?

  • Danie - 2012-07-31 08:08

    Victor.rapulane, you wrong rape is animal behavior, white or black animals. Lets not judge a person by the color of his skin or if he carry a bible or talk about chtist all day , but only look his character and deeds.

  • templar.known - 2012-07-31 08:22

    Seems his wife were aware of his crimes, is she next to stand trail?

  • riette.nothling - 2012-07-31 10:37

    @ victor & stanley - where children are involved race has no place. It's a crying shame that you two twits would actually put such unnecessary comments on. Every culture has it's perverts so deal with it and stop your racist rantings, no one needs it!

  • Jayne - 2012-07-31 11:54

    I don't think that so much detail of the rapes should be released to the public! Those girls have been through enough!!!!

  • theo.kruger.908 - 2012-07-31 12:29

    Just like this man showed no sympathy for his victims, he should not be shown an ounce of leniency. This is evil personified. There is no excuse for what he has done, and it is guaranteed that he will do these things again given the opportunity. It is a pity that there is not a chance for the death penalty in this case... It would've given more definite closure for the victims' families. Bastard.

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-07-31 13:50

    It makes me physically ill when I see someone accused like this pr!ck, walk into the dock clutching a Bible. I want to put my hands around his scrawny ugly little neck and squeeze the last bit of his putrid breath out of his equally scrawny ugly little body.

  • desmond.leaner.5 - 2012-07-31 14:17

    Bring back the blady death penalty- Simple...these sort of violent crimes will decline and expel Zuma and the ANC and get a competent governemnt to run South Africa because we are heading down the drain with all the crime and organised crime, corruption and wildlife poaching!

  • desmond.leaner.5 - 2012-07-31 14:17

    might as well let him walk now. he's just going to waste tax payers money in jail for a few years and get early parole then go out and do it again. This country is moertoe, was doomed the moment the anc took over...the best thing anyone in this country can do is leave if you can afford to, leave and dont look back...

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-01 03:11

    Evil knows no boundry

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