Louise de Waal's sister takes stand

2012-07-27 12:30
Jessica de Waal (Maryke Vermaak, Sapa)

Jessica de Waal (Maryke Vermaak, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The sister of murdered teenager Louise de Waal briefly took the stand in the High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton, on Friday.

Jessica du Toit was questioned by prosecutor Carina Coetzee on her sister's make of phone and telephone number. She confirmed De Waal owned a Blackberry.

She was asked whether she tried to phone her sister on the day Louise was kidnapped on October 12 2011.

"Yes, the whole day. Her phone was off," Du Toit said.

She was testifying in the murder trail of Johannes Jacobus Steyn, dubbed the "Sunday Rapist".

Steyn is accused of murdering school girls Louise 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.

On Thursday, Steyn was questioned by prosecutor Carina Coetzee about an incriminating statement he made to a magistrate in Krugersdorp, two days after he handed himself to authorities in October 2011.

In it he admitted to phoning his wife, her mother, a pastor and a psychologist, and asking for forgiveness for cheating on his wife.

He pleaded not guilty to all 37 charges against him. The 11 girls Steyn allegedly attacked between 2008 and 2011 were aged between 11 and 18.

Read more on:    jaco steyn  |  lazanne farmer  |  louise de waal  |  johannesburg

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