'I'm the Sunday rapist'

2011-10-18 00:00

HIS name is Johannes Jacobus Steyn (35) and he signed a confession before a magistrate that he not only raped and murdered 16-year-old Louise de Waal, but also committed all the crimes that got him branded as the “Sunday rapist”.

Shortly after Steyn appeared in a crowded courtroom in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court yesterday, the police revealed in a statement that after being taken back to Gauteng from the KZN South Coast on Friday, Steyn had signed a statement before a magistrate in which he confessed to all 30 provisional charges against him — including the abduction, rape and murder of Louise de Waal.

These included 13 charges of rape, 10 of kidnapping, six of sexual assault and probably also one of murder relating to the death of Lazanne Farmer (14).

According to Beeld’s information, the confession contains the gruesome details of Louise’s abduction, rape and murder, and how he set her body alight.

Beeld has been told that police were shown where disguises such as caps and wigs and even sex toys like dildos were burned.

The police apparently also took possession of Steyn’s computer, which contained child pornography.

Beeld has also heard that Steyn first phoned someone from his church, as well as a few friends, before leaving in his luxury gold-coloured Mercedes Benz for the South Coast, where he apparently planned to commit suicide on the beach.

Steyn did not plead to the charges yesterday and declined the opportunity to apply for bail.

The case was postponed to December 13 so forensic tests and further investigations can be carried out.

The so-called Sunday rapist began his reign of terror in November 2008 and struck again in June and November 2009 in Rustenburg and Potchefstroom.

In February 2010 he abducted and raped a 16-year-old girl in Vanderbijlpark and another teenager in March 2010 in Rustenburg.

On August 15 the serial rapist apparently failed in an attempt to abduct an 18-year-old girl in Potchefstroom, but kidnapped 14-year-old Lazanne Farmer and her 16-year-old friend the following month.

Later that same month he raped a 15-year-old girl near an industrial area in Carletonville, and on October 31, 2010, he abducted and raped an 11-year-old girl in Krugersdorp West.

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