Cop: 'Sunday Rapist' had clear pattern

2012-08-20 20:33
Jaco Steyn (Beeld)

Jaco Steyn (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - There was a clear pattern in the attacks of the so-called "Sunday Rapist", the investigating officer testified in court on Monday.

"It was very striking in the investigation of the case," Warrant Officer Peet du Toit told the South Gauteng High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton.

He said all the girls were kidnapped in residential areas and taken to rural areas, where they were assaulted. The area of assault in all the cases was on the way back to the West Rand, where the accused, Jaco Steyn, lived.

Steyn is charged with two counts of murder, 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 pleaded not guilty to all 37 charges against him.

The murder charges relate to the deaths of schoolgirls Louise de Waal and Lazanne Farmer.

Du Toit explained how, after a girl was abducted and sexually assaulted in Potchefstroom in October 2010, he compiled an identikit and centralised all dockets where the perpetrator had used the same modus operandi.

The reason he became involved in the De Waal case was not only the modus operandi, but also a visit to another alleged victim a few days before.

On 4 October 2011 he visited a girl in Potchefstroom who fought off a would-be abductor in a silver Toyota bakkie.

The same vehicle was described in De Waal's kidnapping.

The Potchefstroom girl never reported the attempt to abduct her.

"Children feel they won't be believed and they are worried what their parents would say," Du Toit said.

Fell out

Before the court was postponed until Tuesday, Judge Sita Kolbe questioned Du Toit on DNA collected during the investigation.

"The semen that stayed behind, there was just too little to link it to the accused."

Earlier, Steyn's employer Dennis Burger testified.

He confirmed Steyn used company cars, which included a white Toyota Hilux bakkie. He also owned a white Pajero and a white Isuzu bakkie. The victims mentioned all of these cars.

Burger was due to testify on counselling sessions he had with Steyn while he was already in prison, but defence attorney Anton Lerm asked first to see what would be testified on.

An eighth alleged victim of the "Sunday Rapist" testified on Monday. She spoke of how she was nearly abducted by an armed man in a bakkie.

"He said if I screamed, he would shoot my grandmother," the 15-year-old girl said. She explained how she, 11, at the time, walked to a shop with her 4-year-old brother and grandmother in Rustenburg on 11 November 2008 when a white bakkie stopped next to them.

A man with a cap and sunglasses asked her name and then pointed a gun at her grandmother.

He grabbed her arm and pulled her into the vehicle over his lap, she said.

"He tried to close the door and pull away at the same time. I kicked the door. That's when I fell out."

She tried to put her glasses back on to see the bakkie's number plate, but it drove off before she could.

The trial continues.

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