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Trial within a trial in Sunday Rapist case

2012-07-25 13:02

Johannesburg - A trial within a trial has started in the "Sunday Rapist" case in the High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court, in Alberton.

Magistrate Sune Jansen van Vuuren was testifying on Wednesday on the admissibility of a statement given by the accused, Johannes Jacobus Steyn, on October 14 last year in Krugersdorp after his arrest.

She said he was informed of his rights, including his right to have a lawyer present. He declined to make use of this right.

He told her he wanted no special treatment, only forgiveness.

"Ek wil net he my kop moet skoon kom [I only want my head to become clear]," she testified him saying.

"Ek wil net verstaan hoekom ek gedoen het wat ek gedoen het. As iemand my net daarmee kan help [I just want to understand why I did what I did. If someone can just help me with that]."

Jansen van Vuuren said Steyn did not want a long trial and he appeared calm, but emotional.

Steyn's lawyer Anton Lerm put it to her that his client was told what to say and paused before answering.

However, she denied this and said she would have recalled this.

Comments
  • Henk - 2012-07-25 13:29

    Is this going to be the new thing in our stuffed up judicial system. A trial in a trial, WTF?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-25 13:35

      He probably want to have this admission of guilt thrown out, if he fails he lost the case. Sounds like they are just wasting time.

      crazyjourno - 2012-07-25 14:03

      Nee, Henk. N trail within a trial is geensins nuut nie. Dit is al reeds jare lNK met ons. Nog n voorbeeld is as beskuldigdes die polisiebeamptes wat hul aangekeer het, tydens die hofverrigtinge aankla van aanranding of van wat ook al.... Dit is juis dan as jy dit n binneverhoor noem. Dis n verhoor binne-in n verhoor. Hulle moet eers hierdie "klagte" ondersoek en uitklaar, voor hulle met die saak ter sprake kan aangaan...

  • Henk - 2012-07-25 13:34

    Ek wil net he my kop moet skoon kom. Think a .45 Bullet will clean it.

      Jones.Jacq - 2012-07-25 13:47

      my thoughts exactly Henk

      sean.baker.79827 - 2012-07-25 14:03

      spot on Henk

  • murray.copeland - 2012-07-25 13:41

    Trialception..

      jeeves.eddings - 2012-07-25 14:04

      Epic comment is epic.

      Lunga - 2012-07-25 14:18

      Epic response that epic comment is epic is epic. Epic within an epic. Epiception.

      npretorius2 - 2012-07-25 14:23

      I see what you did there.

  • johan.louw.399 - 2012-07-25 14:14

    Ask the general public what the punishment should be, and if the outcome shows “The death penalty” then let it be !!! What a creep!!!Predators like that should be taken off the streets not asking questions about what went wrong !!!!…The death penalty determined by the general public votes ....only way to make life worth living in safety with our kids again.

  • marlon.roebeck - 2012-07-25 14:23

    All i can say to this photo is P03S

  • trotseafrikaner.rsa - 2012-07-25 14:47

    Hang him already and get done with it. Non of this this hippie or liberal stuff Just hang him

  • trotseafrikaner.rsa - 2012-07-25 14:48

    or send him to the worst of jails where he can become the victim

  • Sipho Mabusela - 2012-07-25 14:49

    in my view, its evident that he wants to claim insanity. why else would he want his head to b cleared?

  • delish7564 - 2012-07-25 15:34

    "He wanted no special treatment, only forgiveness", so perhaps now he doesn't want that? There is no way on God's earth that I could/would ever forgive a scumbag who took away my child, especially one that subjected her to such an horrific death. He's not sorry for what he did, only that he was caught. My heart goes out to both familys but particularly the victim's.....I hope they find the strength to cope from somewhere and they get justice for their daughter.

  • marley.johnson.35 - 2012-07-25 16:01

    This rubbish is evil personified, he should be one of the things that should be sent to the desert (As Bradley Sharp put it) and then lets see if he still has that grin on his face. I believe these things are preying on our woman and children and us men should take a stand against them and show them how it feels, let it suffer..... (Bradley said these things that do that to our woman and children should be taken to the desert honey poured over there genitals and let a swarm of red ants loose on them but we must make sure not to let it die, and repeat till they realize that we won't stand for it

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