Forensic tests finger Griekwastad teen

2012-08-22 08:30

Bloemfontein - Gunpowder residue was found on the clothes of a 16-year-old teenager who was arrested in connection with the gruesome murders of the Steenkamp family in Griekwastad.

Beeld reported that the results of forensic tests done after the murders on 6 April had finally been handed to police.

The teenager could not be identified as he was a minor.

Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and their daughter Marthella, 14, had been shot dead on their farm Naauwhoek and their son Don, was the only survivor of the tragedy.

The arrested teen’s fingerprints were also found on the two weapons that had been used in the shooting.

Police had apparently been waiting for the results of the forensic tests before making an arrest.

The teenager was arrested on three charges of murder in his school principal’s office.
He was brought to a place of safety and was expected to bring a bail application.

  • pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-22 08:39

    The teenager, is it Don?

      BubblesdoubleO7 - 2012-08-22 08:50

      My sentiments exactly. Just so much of poor reporting, it pains me!!!

      maryke.peacock - 2012-08-22 09:18

      'Forensic tests finger Griekwastad teen', really? Is there a minimum standard for reporting on News 24? Is it me, or is the reporting getting worse?

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-22 09:24

      @bubbles .... it is not the reporting/journalism, they are by law prohibited from publishing a minor's identity in all criminal cases.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-22 09:25

      Yeah... Stupid kid probably did not watch any CSI. Gun power residue's is bitch! Rot in jail you sick little f$%ker!

      Pixi3kid - 2012-08-22 11:49

      Funny thing, in the first article it was said that the son DON was 17 and not at home. how can you go from 17 to 15? or did i miss something?

  • quentin.smit.127 - 2012-08-22 08:45

    Is the 'teenager' not the son Don?

  • jacobsgideon - 2012-08-22 08:57

    Don't you just love how the article eludes to it but does not name Don directly? They say a 16yr old teen was arrested...Don was 15 when this incident they're pretty much saying: "You do the math, we're just not allowed to name him due to his age".

      Msika - 2012-08-22 09:03

      You are right!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-08-22 10:37

      It has nothing to do with his age, he has not pleaded in a court yet.

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-23 08:03

      Wasn't me

  • jacobsgideon - 2012-08-22 09:04

    Conspiracy theory 101: It's hard to accept that a 15/16 year old could've kept his cool after firing so many shots, let alone slaughtering a family. You wonder whether he was acting alone?

  • - 2012-08-22 09:12

    The report can not say that, as he is under-aged and may not be identified. So not it is not bad reporting it is just keeping the reporting within the law

  • erica.wessels.7 - 2012-08-22 10:01

    The local Afrikaans paper gives more specific details: The teenager who was arrested is a 16-year-old male family member of the victims who was arrested at Grey College in Bloemfontein, so it's obviously Don (he turned 16 last week and he is a pupil at Grey College). There are also reports that before the murders, Don was always withdrawn, depressed and ignored by girls, but afterwards changed into an outgoing, self-confident "big man" at school who was clearly enjoying all the attention he was getting. He was glad his family was finally gone - now he could leave school at 16 and take over all his father's farms, just like he always said he wanted to do. It is OBVIOUSLY Don! Then again, it was obvious from the very beginning!

  • kooskanmar - 2012-08-22 10:16

    Wow, now there is a kid with serious mental problems. Lock him up and keep him away from civilization. His a threat to everyone around him.

  • grant.logan.94 - 2012-08-22 10:19

    In any murder investigation the first suspects are usually the immediate family. Back when this was reported it was clear that he did it. I thought the same regarding Taliep Petersen's wife. Sad fact but goes to show you that you never really know someone as much as you think you do.

  • greg.sparke.1 - 2012-08-22 10:45

    The son Don was 17 at the time of the murders. If reports are correct, it is not him.

      hendrikvs - 2012-08-22 11:22

      Do not trust accuracy of reports - especially News24!

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-08-22 11:05

    What in the world posseses a youngster to do something like this!

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-24 10:18

      Family murders are not uncommon in SA. And young men often do things impulsively without thinking about the consequences... Then again he could be the real deal, a sociopath. I just wonder how bad his family life must have been to lead to this... So tragic..

  • Edwin Thomas - 2012-08-22 11:34

    don is the suspect, he is a year older than his sister, an just turned 16. there is 2 many flaws in his account of what happened, the shed where he was supposed to be in during the murder is less than 50m from the house. and if anyone else heard gunshots they would run. plus if it was a robbery, y not take money jewelary or the car. it was a crime of passion, his father an sister was shot 4m the front showing anger and his mother in the back showing shame.

      danie.gerber2 - 2012-08-22 12:47

      Excellent conclusion Edwin!!!

  • pennyp.thetravelagent - 2012-08-22 14:56

    Hey nasty comments are uncalled for, its a tragic story and the child is not guilty until found guilty.

  • erich.goosen - 2012-08-22 14:58

    Can anybody enlighten me why it took more that 4 months from the date of this tragic incident until now before the forensics announced that the fingerprint and gunpowder residu test became available. This is supposedly a high profile case where the forensic tests should have taken precedence - I am a layman but cannot think that these tests can take so long. In a case where DNA samples or other chemical tests (eg the creation of cultures that is time-consuming) the delay is understandable.

  • anthonyangiev - 2012-08-22 16:58

    I KNEW IT! I'm sure we ALL KNEW IT! If you read the reports from the beginning you would have KNOWN that he did it! Firstly, he apparently did not hear any gunshots(or so the papers reported). Secondly, when you find your whole family murdered, you don't get out at the gate and pick up the guns that were used to kill your family. IN FACT, you will be so distraught that you won't even SEE the guns! Thirdly, it was reported that he and his dad had a fight about him not wanting to go to school anymore, and then AFTER the murders, he reportedly stated how much he LOVES going to school and wants to finish his matric...... BUNCH OF LIES flowing out of that little boy's mouth! We ALL KNOW HE DID IT!!

  • Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-10-03 17:28

    Chuckles at title....

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