Former Matie tells of plan to rape and murder

2012-03-06 07:00

Former student Jacobus Eksteen bought two stun guns on the internet as part of his plan to kidnap, rape and murder the woman who had spurned his love.

Eksteen, a former computer science student, was jailed for 30 years yesterday for kidnapping, raping and murdering fellow University of Stellenbosch student Erin van Rensburg in June 2009. The university students are nicknamed Maties.

He was friends with Van Rensburg’s brother Byron, also a student, who shared an apartment with his sister, the Western Cape High Court heard yesterday.

In order to gain access to the apartment on a day that Byron would be away in Bellville, Cape Town, on business, Eksteen pretended he wanted to work on Byron’s computer.

Another male student, with whom Van Rensburg had started a relationship, was writing exams that day, which meant she would be alone in the apartment.

In a plea bargain document, Eksteen told how she had allowed him into the apartment.

He had with him a bag containing all the items he needed to carry out his plan, including a pair of socks to stuff into Van Rensburg’s mouth to render her unconscious, and a suitcase with wheels.

Eksteen intended placing the unconscious woman in the suitcase and taking her to his family’s holiday home in Langebaan, where he would rape and murder her.

While working on the computer, he called Van Rensburg into the room on the pretext that he needed her to show him where documents were stored on the computer.

As she did so, he attacked her, holding a stun gun against her neck. This hurt her, but did not render her unconscious and a struggle ensued.

When she tried to escape, Eksteen grabbed her by the throat. He tried to strangle her. She lost consciousness, but kept coming round.

To prevent her recovering, he tightly tied a rope around her neck. He then put her into the suitcase and took her to his apartment.

He wanted to confront her about the way in which she had spurned him. He had sex with her there while she was unconscious, but still alive.

Soon afterwards, he realised that she had died, which meant he could no longer confront her, according to his plea bargain.

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