‘I reached my sexual peak at 12’

2012-09-22 00:00

SUNDAY rapist Jaco Steyn was only 15 when he first raped a girl.

He revealed this on Wednesday in the holding cells of the Thokoza court while waiting to be transferred to prison to start serving his sentence of five life terms and a further 170 years.

It was the first time this rape came to light. It was not mentioned during his trial.

Asked whether all his rapes were revealed, Steyn told sister newspaper Beeld: “There are cases, many moons ago, that they couldn’t find the dockets of.” He would not elaborate. “I had intercourse at a very young age — I was about 12. A psychologist told me years later that I reached my sexual peak at that time. That was his reason for why I prefer girls of that age.”

Clinical psychologist Franco Visser, testified in aggravation of sentence that Steyn could not be rehabilitated, had very little control over his urges, and could not stop his criminal habits.

Warrant Officer Peet du Toit, the investigating officer in the case, persuaded Steyn on October 13, 2011, a day after Louise de Waal’s murder, to give himself up to the police in Margate.

Visser said if Du Toit had not taken Steyn into custody, he would have continued with his crimes.

“The chances that Steyn would commit sexually violent crimes again in future are high. Steyn is a psychopath, habitual liar, manipulative, feels little or no remorse for what he did to the victims of his crimes and has a strong need for control and power,” Visser testified.

“Steyn sees himself as the real victim … He likes to shift the blame to someone else, so that they will accept responsibility for his own thoughts and conduct.”

After his sentencing, Steyn told journalists he was suffering more than his victims.

In the holding cells he said: “I don’t know whether I would have murdered again, but I would probably have abducted another one or two.

“I did not feel good on the days when I kidnapped and raped. Every night after an incident I went on my knees and said, ‘Lord, stop me, I can’t take any more’.

“It’s something you don’t want to do, but there is this driving force in you that drives you to do it. It’s like the guy that doesn’t want to take another fix, but before you know where you are you go and do it again. It’s an addiction.”

He kept pointing at his estranged wife and Du Toit. “Do you know how it feels when the woman you love pushes you away and says she doesn’t want to have sex with you?” he sobbed. “Don’t you think this led to my doing such deeds? I get no satisfaction at home.”

Visser testified that Steyn felt such resentment towards his wife that he was likely to harm her.

Steyn had nothing good to say about Du Toit. He accused the policeman of obtaining, by illegal means, the letter to a woman friend, in which Steyn described Louise’s abduction, rape and murder.

During sentencing, advocate Anton Lerm, for Steyn, objected to the letter, which was used to argue for aggravating circumstances, but he later withdrew his objection and accepted the letter as evidence.

Steyn was convicted on one count of murder, nine counts of rape and 10 of abduction.

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