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Sunday Rapist sorry about cheating

2012-07-26 20:48

Johannesburg - Jaco Steyn, dubbed the Sunday Rapist, said on Thursday the forgiveness he asked for in a statement was for cheating on his wife.

He was testifying in the South Gauteng High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton.

Prosecutor Carina Coetzee was questioning him on an incriminating statement he made to a magistrate in Krugersdorp two days after he handed himself over in October 2011.

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

In these phone calls he referred to himself as a "monster" and said he wanted to stop.

However, he maintained this was because he cheated on his wife with prostitutes and other women, and because of his addiction to pornography.

He also wanted to make it right with God.

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.

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

The 36-year-old pleaded not guilty to all 37 charges against him on Monday.

Asked by Coetzee if he was not emotional at being charged for the murder of a child, he answered: "It was of concern to me, but not so emotional".

Coetzee asked Steyn why he attempted suicide before handing himself over to police.

"I'd rather die before I'd be locked up again. And with the uncertainty because of my previous conviction, and at that stage I was emotional," Steyn said.

Go on with your life

Earlier on Thursday he testified he wanted to hire a prostitute the morning of de Waal's murder.

"I went looking for a good time... I went to find a prostitute... to get something I don't get at home."

When Judge Sita Kolbe asked further about this alibi, he said it was "very early" in the morning.

Steyn was testifying on what police told him prior to an incriminating statement he made to a magistrate in Krugersdorp. He said he admitted to crimes he did not commit because he had a previous conviction.

"Take the punch... because you won't get out of this... go on with your life... this is the easy way out for you," he said police told him.

He said investigating officer Peet du Toit briefed him on what to say before making the statement to the magistrate.

"I was told I was young. Plead guilty and go on," a calm Steyn told the court.

Coetzee asked Steyn how he could have found police actions against him threatening.

"They scared me into talking," was his answer.

Kolbe ruled the incriminating statement would be admitted into evidence.

"The confession is admitted into evidence at this stage. This ruling may be revisited at a later stage."

She would give the reason for her ruling later.

De Waal's mother Shereen told reporters she hoped her daughter would become an icon. She said attending court proceedings this week had been difficult.

"I am on medication. My nerves are shot, but I have to be here for my daughter. I have to be here for Louise."

The part of the trial involving De Waal would conclude on Friday with testimony from her sister Jessica.

Comments
  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-07-26 20:58

    No comment!!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-26 21:02

      This guy is a Roller coaster... Then he did it then he didn't... Then he want forgiveness the he want... Better lock him up and forget about him...

      Squeegee - 2012-07-26 21:09

      I'll comment for you tumisang. This vile snake is lying through his teeth. Of course, faced with these charges most would try to get out of it. I just hope the police case stands up in court.

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-07-26 21:46

      this must be some sort of tactic to plead insanity, the sick b@stard should just be hanged by the nuts.clearly he has no remorse.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-27 02:04

      Hang him!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-27 08:55

      I still want to know about the DNA. Has it gone missing? Or was it ever collected? Did he use a condom? Did he or did he not rape all those girls? If not, why the name Sunday Rapist? FFS let's have some proper facts. This piece of human waste cannot be allowed to destroy people's lives this way.

  • Bob.Cee123 - 2012-07-26 21:15

    Separate him from society. The psychopath will likely be unable to control himself. However unlikely, I just hope he has an interlude of compassion and allows the families who lost loved ones some closure by telling the truth.

  • stfrancisbay - 2012-07-26 21:33

    'cheating on his wife' ...WTF, how is this cr4p relevant, why is it even NEWS!!

  • iceman196 - 2012-07-26 21:42

    hang the vile thing and lets move on

  • jakes.cakedregs - 2012-07-26 21:51

    This monster deserves the death penalty. He is neither sane, nor human.

  • Shaun Robinson - 2012-07-26 22:25

    @Jerzy - Why bring race into it???

  • godesha - 2012-07-27 07:48

    Jaco Steyn should never have been allowed to roam the streets again after his first conviction for which he "served community service".

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-27 07:59

    Amazing how they all turn to the Bible and Religion once they get caught.

  • snoopy.snoopaloop - 2012-07-27 10:18

    According to Steyn he went out looking for a good time. Does this not give him motive for the kidnapping and rape of Louise? Obviously because he had taken her to his house, He knew, she would be able to Identify him and point out where he lives. So, he had to kill her. It's quite funny, how one man goes out looking for a good time, and this girl's belongings ends up in his possesion and she winds up raped and murdered. Case Solved.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-27 11:03

    This a**hole is like a malignant tumour that needs to be cut out and destroyed once and for all.

  • yusuf.moolla.3 - 2012-07-30 14:45

    death penalty please........to him and all other murderers. asap

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