Cape Town man in court for kidnap, rape, murder

2015-05-08 14:52
The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town. (Paul Herman, News24)

The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town - A man is set to appear in the Western Cape High Court next week for allegedly killing a woman and raping two others he met while cycling.

Johan Lewis faces twelve charges, which include rape, kidnapping, murder and attempted murder. He will make his first appearance in the High Court on Monday.

A judge still needs to be allocated and the trial is set down until June 4.

One of Lewis' alleged victims, Tracey-Lee Meyer, was last seen alive by her sister on September 12 2013. A neighbour heard a woman shouting for help and police were called to the scene.

When the police gained access to the house from which the screams were heard, they found her half-naked body.

The State will allege that she was raped and strangled to death. It intends to present DNA evidence, according to the summary of substantial facts.

On October 15, 2010, a woman was walking to a friend’s home in Lotus River and met with the accused and another man, both on bicycles. She was offered a lift and was allegedly taken to Lewis's home in Tsessebe Road, instead of her friend’s home.

The State will allege that he tried strangling her with a ligature and raped her repeatedly. She was beaten with a sjambok and threatened with a firearm. She was only allowed to leave the house the next morning.

In a third incident, a woman went to a shop in Parkwood on January 17 2010.

She apparently met with Lewis and another man, who were again both on bicycles and known to her, and accompanied them to a bridge near the railway station in Plantation Road, Ottery.

The State alleges she was raped, taken to Lotus River, and then returned to the bridge.

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