He came for the girl ...

2011-02-01 00:00

A MAN who shot two nursery school teachers in an upmarket Richards Bay suburb turned the gun on himself 24 hours later on the South Coast while being pursued by an SA Police Force helicopter.

Wayne Goosen (52) murdered mother and daughter Evelyn (58) and Gillian (33) Stanley in front of Gillian’s five year-old daughter on Sunday afternoon at the crèche they owned.

He then fled the scene in Gillian’s orange VW Polocross and sped off towards Oribi Gorge on the South Coast where his ex-wife works. However his ex-wife had already been told of the double murder and his possible arrival and went into hiding for her own safety.

According to the police, Goosen’s position was narrowed down by triangulating his cellphone signal. His car was eventually spotted near Hibberdene on the N2 yesterday and followed by a police helicopter and a number of patrol vehicles, which eventually forced Goosen’s car to a stop.

At 3.30 pm, surrounded by police, the self-employed father of two shot himself with his 357 revolver.

Marcel Ferreira, the uncle of Gillian Stanley’s five year-old daughter and family spokesperson for the Stanleys, said Goosen was a former boyfriend of Evelyn. He allegedly told Gillian in March last year that he would “get her” after she had instituted a restraining order against him, ordering him to stay away from her mother.

According to police sources, Goosen had been physically violent with his first wife and with Evelyn.

Ferreira said Goosen couldn’t accept that his relationship with Evelyn was over.

“Evelyn had been away for the weekend and when she returned she called Gillian to come and help her with some work at the crèche when Wayne surprised them,” said Ferreira.

According to Richards Bay police spokesperson Captain Debbie Ferreira, an argument began at the crèche between Goosen and the two women before they moved about 100 metres up the road.

Although there are conflicting reports, it is alleged Gillian ran away from the crèche with her daughter after Goosen had tried to grab the child.

She then stopped a passing bakkie and jumped in the back but before she could duck, Goosen fatally shot her. The driver of the bakkie jumped out of his vehicle and fled the scene only to return after the police arrived.

An eyewitness was working in his garage while his children played in the yard when he heard the first shot.

“I saw [Evelyn] running to the bakkie screaming ‘My daughter is shot!’ The daughter [Gillian] was still alive at this stage. [Evelyn] was screaming hysterically, but then Goosen turned around and started beating her, pushed her on to the ground and then shot her, point blank, twice, ” said the eyewitness.

A second eyewitness, Barend Joubert, said the killer was “emotionless” and “focused”.

“My wife and I saw the man was armed and saw him beating the woman with the butt of his gun. After shooting her he then casually turned around, strolled to the Orange VW PoloCross and drove off slowly. He wasn’t interested in anyone else. After he left, the distraught young girl was brought into my house so that my wife could clean the blood off her. She asked if her mother was dead and if she was coming back,” said Joubert.

Joubert said he covered the women with towels until police and paramedics arrived.

As Gillian lay dying she asked eyewitnesses to pray for her.

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