'Sunday Rapist' found guilty on 33 charges

2012-09-18 22:39
Jaco Steyn (Beeld)

Jaco Steyn (Beeld)

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

Johannesburg - "Sunday Rapist" Jaco Steyn was found guilty on 33 charges, including murder, in the South Gauteng High Court sitting in Alberton on Tuesday.

Judge Sita Kolbe found him guilty on all but four of the 37 charges brought against him.

Two of those were changed from rape to sexual assault and one was changed from murder to culpable homicide.

Steyn has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder, 11 of rape, 10 of sexual assault, 10 of kidnapping, one of attempted sexual assault, and one of attempted kidnapping.

The abductions took place between 2008 and 2011 and the girls were aged between 11 and 18.

Among these was 16-year-old Louise de Waal.

Steyn was found guilty of murdering and abducting her, but not guilty of raping her. Kolbe said there was insufficient evidence to prove it.

"He is a self-confessed liar," Kolbe said in describing Steyn.

She said he admitted he lied to his wife and employer about his whereabouts on the day of De Waal's murder.

De Waal was abducted in October last year while she was on her way to school in Roodepoort. It was just before her 17th birthday.

De Waal's burnt body was found on a Magaliesberg farm later the same day.

Kolbe also found him guilty of abducting 14-year-old Lazanne Farmer in Pretoria in September 2010. He was found guilty of culpable homicide, not murder.

Farmer, from Pretoria, was kidnapped in September 2010 by a man in a bakkie. She died after jumping out of the bakkie in a bid to escape.

After the judgment a tearful Steyn said he would make a statement at a later stage.

"There's a lot that you don't know," he said.

He cried as he spoke about his wife.

"My wife doesn't even talk to me."

Steyn was mocked by family members attending proceedings, with someone shouting: "pappa wag vir jou" (daddy's waiting for you).

Bitter-sweet

Louise's mother Shereen walked up to Steyn during a brief break, saying she wanted to look him in the eye.

"Jaco Steyn, I am Louise de Waal's mother - you killed my child and you will pay for what you did."

Anton Lerm, for Steyn, argued his client's sentences should run concurrently. He said no excessive violence was used in the rape cases.

He asked Kolbe not to impose a lengthy prison sentence.

The matter was adjourned until Wednesday for arguments in aggravation and mitigation of sentencing.

Shereen later told reporters that she confronted Steyn because she could not contain her emotions any more.

"I actually wanted to scratch his eyes out. I'm very happy that I did that," she said.

"I wanted him to look me in the eye. I wanted him to know I'm Louise de Waal's mother."

She said it was ironic that Steyn's son's birthday was on the same day as her daughter's.

"We are glad the court proceedings are over, but we will never have closure."

Louise's sister Jessica du Toit said the judgment was "bitter-sweet", because he was not convicted of the rape.

"We are both happy and sad, because the reason he took her is because he wanted to rape her."

- SAPA
Read more on:    jaco steyn  |  lazanne farmer  |  louise de waal  |  johannesburg
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
54 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to be too fixed on a set way of doing things today. You may get challenged and the best approach is to keep an...read more

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.