Man denies raping, killing prostitute

2013-11-13 16:49

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Cape Town - A Cape Town man, Johannes Christiaan de Jager, pleaded not guilty in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday to raping and killing an 18-year-old prostitute.

His lawyer Sakkie Maartens read out a document explaining De Jager's position regarding the unlawful vaginal and anal penetration of Hiltina Alexander, and her murder.

De Jager said he met a man called Johan at a bar in Parow on the night of 18 May 2008.

They went back to Johan's sister's flat to drink and Johan said he wanted to get a prostitute. De Jager replied that he knew one.

He admitted picking up Alexander in Voortrekker road, Parow, early on 19 May 2008, and taking her back to the flat. He said Alexander fondled him while he drove.

He said both he and Johan were drunk.

"As a result, my memories about what happened further were very weak," he said in the statement, which was translated from Afrikaans.

Johan smoked dagga. De Jager did not smoke anything because he said he did not use drugs.

He said that before he passed out, Alexander approached him for sex but he pushed her away.

At one stage, he woke up and saw her and Johan sleeping in the bed.

He said he left the flat and did not make contact with the pair again.

The State alleges that De Jager picked up Alexander near Parow on 18 May 2008, raped her and killed her. Her body was found next to the N7 highway in Philadelphia, near Atlantis, the next day. A post mortem revealed she had been strangled.

De Jager has also been charged with the murder of Mpumalanga resident Charmaine Mare and the defilement of her corpse.

According to the indictment, Mare holidayed in Cape Town in January, staying with a friend in Kraaifontein. Her friend's mother was dating De Jager.

On 7 January, the friend, the mother, and De Jager's son went on a cruise, leaving Mare and De Jager alone in the house.

The State alleges De Jager made repeated sexual advances, which the teenage girl rejected.

The family returned home on 11 January and could not find Mare. De Jager registered a missing person case with the police.

Her burned body was found in a nearby field. Her hands and feet had been cut off. Her hands were later found in the garage of the home and her feet next to the N2 highway near Firgrove, in Somerset West.

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