Man in court for girl’s attempted abduction at Florida school

2011-10-21 07:09

The man who allegedly attempted to abduct an 18-year-old girl outside the same school in Florida where murdered pupil Louise de Waal was kidnapped will appear in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court today.

He was arrested on Wednesday for attempting to abduct the girl outside Hoërskool Die Burger. The pupil was sitting on a pavement near the school at 6am when the 21-year-old man threatened her with a screwdriver and tried to force her into the boot of his car.

A school security guard saw what was happening and alerted the police. Gauteng police did not know if the man was a copycat, but he was being profiled.

Captain Pinky Tsinyane said police were also investigating whether he was involved in some of the previous cases in the area. De Waal was abducted last week and was later found dead on a farm in Magaliesburg.

Her alleged murderer, Johannes Jacobus Steyn, turned himself over to police. Steyn has confessed to being the so-called Sunday Rapist, but not to being De Waal’s murderer.

Meanwhile, the Gauteng education department said yesterday that it requested police to patrol outside the school. “We have requested the police to drive past the school frequently to increase police visibility and deter would-be criminals,” said department spokesperson Charles Phahlane.

Phahlane also said a councillor was sent to speak to the 18-year-old girl after the incident. “We are happy the police have swiftly arrested the person,” he said. “We hope the police can shed light on who the person is and why the school is being targeted.”

Phahlane said education MEC Barbara Creecy launched a school patrol programme around the province yesterday. Schools would be provided with security depending on their “risk profile”.

They would get up to six patrollers, who would secure and control access to schools 24 hours a day, he said.

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