De Waal alive when set alight

2012-07-25 11:54

Johannesburg - Murdered teenager Louise de Waal was alive when she was set alight, the High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton, heard on Wednesday.

Forensic specialist Gina Rowe testified that soot and bloodstained froth was found when she examined De Waal's trachea and bronchi.

"It was inhaled into her lungs."

Judge Sida Kolbe asked if De Waal was alive for this to happen, to which Rowe answered: "It would have been an indication of life".

Foot burnt off

De Waal's mother Shereen gasped "Oh, my God", putting her hands over her mouth. But Rowe said there was not a lot of soot in her trachea, and therefore it was possible she had been unconscious.

Rowe explained the graphic findings of the post mortem, including De Waal's badly burnt scalp and protruding tongue. Her left foot was burnt off her body and the soft tissue was burnt off her lower legs.

Her carbon monoxide levels were at 9.8%, which Rowe said was high.

"I would expect lower levels (because she was burnt outside)."

Johannes Jacobus Steyn, dubbed the "Sunday Rapist", is accused of murdering school girls De Waal and Lazanne Farmer.

He is also charged with 11 counts of rape, 10 of sexual assault, 10 of kidnapping, one of attempted sexual assault, one of attempted kidnapping and two of assault.

The 11 girls he allegedly attacked between 2008 and 2011 were all between 11 and 18 years old.
The 36-year-old pleaded not guilty to all 37 charges against him on Monday.

On Tuesday, the court heard that an identikit compiled by a friend of De Waal's led to Steyn's arrest.

Steyn unresponsive

Policeman Warrant Officer Riaan Jooste testified that he received a call on October 17, the day De Waal was murdered, from a woman who wanted to remain anonymous.

Jooste narrowed the list down to 17 possible suspects, searched police files and found Steyn in the system because he had previously laid a complaint against someone else.

This led Warrant Officer Danie Pieterse to search for a silver bakkie at Steyn's house, which he found. He could not enter the property because the gate was locked.

During a break in proceedings, De Waal's mother Shereen commanded Steyn to look at her, but the unresponsive Steyn kept his head down throughout the day, a Bible beside him, making notes.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-07-25 12:03

    When i read this i could literally throttle this creature with my bare hands , he deserves no compassion or forgiveness

      Janice - 2012-07-25 12:14

      I agree Michael, and the audacity to sit there with a bible!!!!!!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-25 12:16

      The punishment MUST fit the crime...

      Squeegee - 2012-07-25 12:17

      Imagine being a parent in court having to hear what a monster like this did to your child. We need to find an effective way of deterring violet crime. Even if it just keeps some from doing it lives will be saved. Look at the swine who drowned a 12 year old boy in boiling water.. Zipper, do something or get out!

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-07-25 12:17

      Sometimes it's better not to know all these details - poor Louise's mother - she will never be the same again. As for other victims - it is really so sad that monsters like this are allowed to live amongst us. To think that he is a husband and father - poor wife ...

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-25 12:58

      Eugene.meyer. They should throw him in the DARK CELL at the CASTLE in Cape Town. That cell is pitch black and then they should start a fire but it must be that he won`t be able to put out the fire at all even with his hands. He should also burn alive. Useless CHILD OF SATAN.

      Bryan - 2012-07-25 12:59

      Burn the murdering Fu***r.... Disgusting piece of sh*t!!!!

      bond.ndalo - 2012-07-25 13:34

      Death sentence needs to be reinstated urgently. This monster deserve to lethal injection.

      vishal.pragraj - 2012-07-25 13:55

      Is there nothing that the people of this country can do to bring back the death penalty??? We seriously need that in this country in order to protect the innocent. Cant we start a petition or something? I mean we can bring the economy to a halt be striking so why not strike to bring back the death penalty!!!

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-25 14:36

      I think Louis`s Mom and family should go speak to Zuma directly. Something must be done to Monsters like this.

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-25 17:54

      The Bible's all part of the "I once was lost but now I'm found" horsesh*t that these manipulative monsters practice. PROBLEM - No death sentence so a guarantee that 10 to 15 years down the line, he'll be released back into society as part of President Malema or whichever corrupt Rapist is in the seat at that time's, granting of a General Pardon. POLICE - Please put him in the same holding cell as that other guy who keeps escaping and then tell us when it's going to happen. Sick motherf***er!

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-25 18:16

      As a "Not Guilty" Rapist, the SA President (note - NOT my President) will find this hard to comprehend - THE DEATH PENALTY FOR FUC*ING MONSTERS LIKE THIS! If you're too sh*t scared to do it, give him to me and I'll make sure he passes on to his new-found-God in the least humane way possible!

  • marie.hoon - 2012-07-25 12:03

    This is totally unthinkable. Can this be real? He should be given to a few inmates to sort him out and he should never, ever see the light of day outside a cell again.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-25 12:06

      Correction: he should never see the light of day again. He should be put to death. Animal.

      QI - 2012-07-25 12:08

      The tragedy is that we will be paying for him to live happily ever after in prison with our taxes which we battle to pay!

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-25 13:00

      I wish Zuma would go to the Courts only for a day so he can hear what stuff goes on in there. For Steyn Zuma should say DEATH PENALTY immediately and let Louis`s Mom watch the whole thing and as it happens she must laugh in Steyn`s face and spit on him.

      Raymond - 2012-07-25 13:29

      Let Winnie sort him out, the traditional jewellery way.

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-25 12:05

    Well... You will burn in Hell for all eternity you sick MF! That poor girl...

      Warwick - 2012-07-25 15:12

      He will not burn in hell. This evil will be celebrated in hell when he returns to satan and his filthy demons.

  • rplescia - 2012-07-25 12:15

    Hang him!

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-25 13:01


      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-25 13:02

      Or get some People which was accused before of being Cannabils. Let them skin Steyn alive.

      bond.ndalo - 2012-07-25 13:54

      @rplesica...hang him by the balls

  • thembi.mokoena3 - 2012-07-25 12:16

    I can't imagine the pain the poor girl suffered in the hands of this monster. May he rot in hell!

  • veldt66 - 2012-07-25 12:17

    Something is wrong with humanity no doubt about.

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-25 12:17

    Filth! Trash! Garbage! and should be treated in that manner. Burn it!

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-25 12:18

    Disgusting piece of human filth......he deserves to suffer every minute for the rest of his life for what he has done to a young innocent girl and her family. He does not deserve to share our planet and our oxygen. Hang this piece of crap!

      dianne.neyt - 2012-07-25 13:14

      amanda.roos.... I agree with you Amanda but sadly, all too often, we suffer for the sins of our fathers.

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-25 14:40

      Someone should BRAINWASH this poor child so he can wipe the though out of even having a Father and let the School Psychiatrist speak to the children of the school and explain to them they should never make jokes of the child because it might only make the child hate them as well and who knows, he might even turn out to be just like his father.

      Sam - 2012-07-27 13:40

      @Hemlock: we suffer due to our own sins. Don't pass the buck. Not everyone who suffers in childhood turns out to be a murderer

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-07-25 12:18


  • Ernest - 2012-07-25 12:19

    Bring back the death eye for an eye.

      Erna - 2012-07-25 12:28

      Too good for him!

  • james.bondiski - 2012-07-25 12:20

    Hang him by the nearest tree!!!!

      deon.rossouw.56 - 2012-07-25 13:07

      No, burn him

      skootzie - 2012-07-25 16:47

      Hang him by his toes and set him alight.

  • Erna - 2012-07-25 12:25

    Shouldn't the parents have been informed of this information BEFORE it being exposed in court. Poor parents.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-25 12:25

    we are such a humane country that we allow crimes as vicious as this to take place. we spend a fortune finding the scum, then trying them, then confining them. IF YOU TAKE A LIKE - YOUR LIFE IS FORFEIT. when is JZ and the rest of the another national crisis party gonna grow a pair and bring back the death penalty ? don't know about you, but I'm getting sick and f'ing tired of reading about crime after crime after crime in the newspapers - just once I'd like to pick up the paper and read about how good things are out there in the world.

  • nixstix - 2012-07-25 12:31

    I find it disgusting that he has now "found" God and only because he was caught. Had he not been caught, he'd still be destroying God's creation. What a hypocrite.

  • nikondaniel - 2012-07-25 12:31

    bliksimse hond!

      marie.hoon - 2012-07-25 13:20

      Nee, nee - 'n hond sal nie so iets doen. Hy is 'n gruwelike afstootlike monster maar ek verstaan dat dit net 'n uitdrukking is wat jy gebruik. \

  • lerato.motshana - 2012-07-25 12:32

    the creatures that are in our world, this man, how do you burn a beautiful young girl to death while still alive, you deserve every punishment there is in the bool idiot. May De Waal soul RIP.

  • sheryl.yeadon - 2012-07-25 12:35

    I say burn him alive.

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-07-25 12:37

    Please Could the ANC be so kind and hand this pig to me so I personaly can give him what he realy whants and that a NECLACE with a truk tyere's two off so the pig must stand in it and burn like he is going to burn in hell Please ANC do it for us.

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-25 13:06

      Burn him in the middle of a Mainstreet of Pretoria or Cape Town, show it on TV so all can watch and know that this HOOLIGAN is gone forever.

  • Bheki Mpofu - 2012-07-25 12:39

    Hendrik Verword,please come back to life buddy,you're the only person who can bring back the death penalty.The ANC is pledging its allegiance to criminals,and,i'm sick of it.

  • eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-07-25 12:40

    Funny now this sick piece of s*!t is turning to Christ, now with his bible under his arm. Leave this sick animal to us. We will sort him out, not God.

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-25 13:08

      I would like to know it as well. Does he really think God will forgive him. I wonder which GOD he is praying for because OUR GOD won`t even look at him.

      Sam - 2012-07-27 13:44

      Actually, if he truly repents, God WILL forgive him. Ours is a loving God, not an angry God.I am not trivialising the act - it's disgusting - but it is God that will issue the real punishment if he does not repent. And that punishment is worse than any of us could issue. Trust me.

  • procold2 - 2012-07-25 12:41

    there is only one cure for this kind of sickness, the lethal injection.

  • kooskanmar - 2012-07-25 12:41

    A bible is not going to help him where he's going.

  • iceman196 - 2012-07-25 12:41

    necklace the sick demented lunatic

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-25 13:09

      JA NECKLACE. Give him to the Parents of all the girls he raped, they will do that with pleasure.

  • Shaun - 2012-07-25 12:41

    Of all the cold blooded monsters that I`ve had the misfortune of reading about, this 'thing' has to be the most despicable.

  • Henk - 2012-07-25 12:42

    I will KILL YOU,if this was my little girls!!! You deserve a 5 rand execution! One bullet in the back of the head!!!

      riette.nothling - 2012-07-25 13:07

      I agree, i'd happily go to prison knowing that he no longer lives and he can't harm any other person ever again.

  • michael.deyzel.1 - 2012-07-25 12:44

    Amazing News24 keeps these comments open yet closes comment for the Wakkerville murders. Double standards News24!!!

      Kevin - 2012-07-25 12:50

      What is the motive for this? Comments open for all stories but that one.... I'm actually very surprised they even published that story considering the amount of censorship that goes on.

  • dakey.ras.73 - 2012-07-25 12:50

    Douse him with petrol, burn him. Simple as.

  • fhedzani.sadiki - 2012-07-25 12:53

    I still don't get it. How does a person become so evil?

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-25 13:13

      I don`t even think the very BEST of Psychiatrist would be able to get that sorted out. This man will not open up to anybody and tell what made him do such things. I wonder if Steyn`s parents are still alive and what they are saying about it all.

  • iceman196 - 2012-07-25 12:55

    Someone, please answer one question, why does just about every country in africa have the death penalty but ours was taken away, WHY!!!!!!!!!!!

      frisco.raswiswi - 2012-07-25 13:02

      i personaly thinx it was banned cause it meant 4 non white

  • Michael - 2012-07-25 12:58

    Wheres the death penalty

  • kbsummit - 2012-07-25 12:59

    What disgusts me the most (apart from what he did to these unfortunate people)is that he would bring a Bible into caught and try reconcile his evil deeds. Even if he repents he will still have to face the consequences of his dispicable evilness. Society must bring back the death penalty for criminals found guilty of crimes such as this.

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-07-25 13:00

    News 24 why can we not comment on the Walkerville pigs....

      Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-07-25 14:13

      I don't think the country would be able to handle the rage. The story is beyond sickening - pure horror. I love my country with all my heart but I can no longer live here, surrounded by such hate and savagery. I am taking my family, my skills and my life and leaving Africa behind, and it will sadden me as long as I live. Cry, howl and beat your chest, cry my beloved country. Enough is enough. God have mercy on this country.

  • hendrik.luttig - 2012-07-25 13:01

    Steyn should be burned at the stake and stoned. You can see he is a sick bastard with no remorse.

  • Sonnyjakes - 2012-07-25 13:01

    I remember the man who murdered Sheldean Human got taken out in jail. This one will go same way bullied at first, beaten up, raped then ???? Hope it's very slow and painful. Jeffrey Darmer also killed in jail?

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-25 13:03

    This WHITE SAVAGE, like BLACK SAVAGES, deserves to hang by the most sensitive part of his anatomy

      merven.halo - 2012-07-26 10:12

      Burn alive, murderers should be treated as they treated their victims.

  • Khumo Mashifane - 2012-07-25 13:03

    I blame the ANC

      merven.halo - 2012-07-26 11:34

      Sure it is not Apartheids fault? ;-)

  • riette.nothling - 2012-07-25 13:05

    Oh my word, this poor girl and even worse for her mom knowing how violently her child died. I have tears in my eyes, and this bastard sits there with a bible as if he deserves mercy! I say let's do to him as he had done unto others...

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-07-25 13:11

    Take this animal and lock him up forever.He must get raped every day and die a very slow death.Bring the rubbish to me and he will pray to die.Scum of the earth.

  • richard.bailey.7165331 - 2012-07-25 13:12

    impale the bugger!

  • richard.bailey.7165331 - 2012-07-25 13:13

    Impale the bugger!

  • cindy.smit.14 - 2012-07-25 13:13

    All I can say,Is bring back the death penalty.He needs to be burnt alive.The PIG

  • mandy.komlosy - 2012-07-25 13:13

    seen the movie "Law Abiding Citizen" - someone should do the same to this b@stard

  • jerry.pres - 2012-07-25 13:17

    Eye for eye. Set him on fire alive.

  • teagan.robinson.56 - 2012-07-25 13:21

    Eye for an Eye....... Burn this worthless piece of scum Grazer1975

  • dusty.w.mat - 2012-07-25 13:25

    Mr Zuma, u did us nothin but plz just do us a favour '' bring back death penalty'' Wht if it was u'r biological child,

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-07-25 13:26

    I hope they kill you slowly in jail mutherfooker and that you die in the same amount of pain. I understand that Bubba and his team are not very fond of this sort of killer :-(

  • luke.gray.549668 - 2012-07-25 13:39

    This is so tragic...

  • lydia.mtshamba - 2012-07-25 14:06

    i hate u steyn i hate u with all my heart i will kill u with my own hand u are an animal not a human siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis u bustard go to heeelll one day.

  • lydia.mtshamba - 2012-07-25 14:14

    yes James Bondiski ur right to nearest highest tree

  • jonathan.seagul.5 - 2012-07-25 14:41

    Why don't we have the death penalty any more. This piece of trash should die and then he has the audacity to sit there with a Bible. Too late now!!! Hang the bastard!!!