Judge: 'Sunday Rapist' can't be rehabilitated

2012-09-19 17:25

Johannesburg - The "Sunday Rapist" was handed five life sentences and an additional 170 years by the South Gauteng High Court sitting in Alberton on Wednesday

Jaco Steyn was found guilty of 33 out of 37 charges which range from murder, culpable homicide, rape, sexual assault, kidnapping and attempted kidnapping.

Judge Sita Kolbe said with all the evidence given, she did not believe he could be rehabilitated.

"The community should be protected from you... There's been no justification for your conduct," she said.

"Every mother in this country must have listened to this incident and been worried that this doesn't happen to their child."

Kolbe was disheartened at knowing that Steyn's victims, who were mainly children, would never have normal lives.

"Two girls lost their lives. Those who did not have lost their proper lives," she said.

The mother of Lazanne Farmer broke down in court after the sentences were read.

"I'm happy he got those sentences but that will never bring back my child," she said with tears streaming down her face.

Farmer jumped out of Steyn's vehicle shortly after he kidnapped her in 2010.

She hit the tarred road, sustained critical injuries and died.

After sentencing proceedings, Steyn agreed to spend a few minutes speaking to the media without the families of his victim present.

He was asked whether he targeted certain types of women.

"I don't have a particular type of girl," he responded.

He was also asked why he chose to burn Louise de Waal's body after kidnapping her.

"I can't say it was impulsive... I decided to burn her when I couldn't decide what to do with her body," he said.

When he was asked for further comment, he said: "Buy the book. It will all be in the book."

The court was earlier told that Steyn had begun writing a book on his life since he was in prison.

One witness said he believed he would be rich after the book was published.

He told reporters that he had never been molested in his childhood.

"I don't remember being molested... I even went to a hypnotist to try and remember something," he said.

He was asked about whether he wanted to apologise to his victims and whether he had any remorse.

"Nobody was there when I spent nights in my cell, crying and begging for God's forgiveness... I know God will forgive me," he said as he broke down and cried.

He had a brown Afrikaans bible with him.

He was asked why he chose to kill De Waal since he had never killed any of his other victims.

"I'm not sure why I killed her... It's a long story..."

Asked whether she put up a fight he said, "not much... not much..." Steyn was then whisked away by police officers.

He had earlier requested an exclusive interview with a reporter from the Beeld newspaper. The reporter followed him out of court.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority has welcomed Steyn's conviction.

"We believe that justice has been served. With less people like Steyn on the streets, our kids are safer," said NPA spokesperson Phindi Louw.

  • Tom van Niekerk - 2012-09-19 17:43

    you think what you did was right?How in your mind did you think what you did was right guy you have to eat the fruit of your deeds you will always wonder what went wrong but you are the only person who knows what happend all the best in jail may you suffer guy

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-19 18:26

      Unfortunately many would buy his book if it ever came into print, however I believe there is a law against profiting from one's crime - any legal minds out there? I seem to remember a previous case where the criminal was not allowed to publish...

      sam.frank.9655 - 2012-09-19 18:56

      Quite right, squeegee. I can't remember the details of the case, but as a general rule of law a convicted criminal is not allowed to profit from his crime.

      jonivdw - 2012-09-19 18:59

      The book should be published and all proceeds distributed amongst his victims. They have years and years of counselling ahead of them. A big chunk can go to Childline to keep them open so they can help other kids who are suffering abuse.... He shouldn't be allowed to profit....

      mattewis.kat - 2012-09-20 07:25

      May he receive his deserved sentence in prison just like Sheldean Human's killer! I have further bad news for him! He can have no repentance and receive no forgiveness if he's already thinking of profiteering off the misery he caused others!

  • kim.buren - 2012-09-19 17:50

    Dammn, if Steyn thinks this is harsh, wait till he hits the cells. NASTY !!

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-19 18:36

      Yeah maybe he will need to wear diapers as well. Wonder if he and Malema will buy the same brand :-)))

      kim.buren - 2012-09-19 18:47

      No diaper is going to accommodate that sh@t

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-19 18:56

      Yeah you're right. Save some money and just strap a black bag around his waist

  • eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-09-19 17:51

    Write a book?!?!? He is going to be too busy getting some bum love to write a book.

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-09-19 18:10

      Who would want to buy such a 'book'. The best person to analyse this situation is a person named Miki Pistorius. She can extract 'hidden signs' of a crime scene and interpret these signs into layman language. - an analysis of the 'criminal mind'. ... her's is a book worth buying.

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-19 18:36

      Maybe he will write a book ON bum love

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-19 18:37

      He could call it. "101 ways not to cry the first 101 times."

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-19 17:55

    Lock him up and throw the key away. He must never get out of jail.

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-09-19 18:01

    Lowest life form on the planet, a child molester. I wouldn't accept a pamphlet from him and I would not be interested in his sick musings, I am just waiting to find out about his death in prison.

      carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-19 19:06

      He should be put into solitary confinement for the rest of his life, no contact with anyone, no TV, no books to read Nothing, He is a parasite,{like that word) and should be treated like one.

  • siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-09-19 18:10

    I was hoping News 24 was gonna tell us if these sentences are going to run concurrently or not! Anyway,the guy was foung guilty of very serious crimes and the emotions around the case! The court had to impose those sentences! I doubt he will serve them all fully!

      staci.turnbull - 2012-09-19 18:37

      that is what i was wondering too!

      willem.wulfse - 2012-09-19 18:59

      Nuus24 reported that the life sentences would be served consecutively. First the one then the next etc. It is therefore unlikely that the vermin will ever get out of prison. No Zuma magic to be expected in this instance. Plus an additional 170 years, perhaps with remission but it will make no difference.

  • adair.cross - 2012-09-19 18:12

    I hope he has hell on earth in prison.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-09-19 18:13

    Free board and lodging for 5 life times. Hope he is torn beyond repair, let him suffer a slow death.

  • Debbie - 2012-09-19 18:13

    How ever long he lives in jail it will be too long but for that period of time may he suffer the greatest suffering possible just like he dealt to those beautiful girls. Dog

  • cathy.vanvollenstee - 2012-09-19 18:16

    And now the tax payer will foot the bill to house, feed and clothe this scum until he dies or is released having served a fraction of his sentence!!!

  • gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-09-19 18:17

    This is one book I'll never buy. No way in hell I'd support such a man. Everyone who is equally disgusted with this man should blatantly ignore his attempt at making profit off his victims...and shame on anyone who dares publish it!!

  • - 2012-09-19 18:21

    295 years in prison! Unfortunately he won't live that long.

  • anele.mveku - 2012-09-19 18:25

    He does such evil then wants to profit frm it? I will never buy his book NEVER

  • NickvanderLeek - 2012-09-19 18:28

    "I know God will forgive me...I'm not sure why I killed her... It's a long story..."Buy the book. It will all be in the book." The court was earlier told that Steyn had begun writing a book on his life since he was in prison. One witness said he believed he would be rich after the book was published.>>>God may forgive you, pal, but I and a lot of other people do not. Filthy scumbag.

      p.borchard - 2012-09-20 09:54

      Why do all these scumbags claim that they have turned to God and walk around with Bibles under their arms once the doo-doo hits the fan? It is all for show.

  • polit.biero - 2012-09-19 18:30

    OK,so het would be about 335 years old when he comes out. Should be rather harmless by then.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-09-19 18:39

    Good on you judge!

  • dentamokhabz - 2012-09-19 18:58

    Hope all these can sent message to those idiot out there who rapes woman and children.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-19 19:03

    Stop making a hero out of this parasite, the book he writes and if it is ever printed all the sales should go to a charity for abused women and children.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-09-19 19:42

    do the decent thing and hang yourself .............

  • 286ADC8D - 2012-09-19 22:03

    We'll I think he's going 2 b picking up a lot of soap in prison. I'm sure he will unwillingly bend over. Kry vir jou wetter!

  • godesha - 2012-09-20 06:23

    Give that Judge Kolbe a Bells.

      Antipoaching - 2012-09-20 10:22

      aaah hell give the Judge a whole bottle of Bells! This was a good Judgement & sentence

  • marelise.vandermerwe.3 - 2012-09-20 08:09

    Rot in jail bastard!!!!

  • sandra.petersen.16547 - 2012-09-20 08:10

    People like him should be made to repay their debt to society by being used in lab experiments. Poor innocent animals are subjected to intense torture and endure unspeakable pain every day in the name of human vanity. Steyn should be sent to a lab where they test stuff like creams, make-up, detergents and hair dyes and have chemicals sprayed into his eyes and all over his body every day. Or even maybe for the new malaria meds that are being developed and are almost ready to be tested on humans. Being on the receiving end of copious amounts of "bum love" (although he does deserves it), really serves no purpose other than revenge. This way he will feel the pain that his victims suffered but will actually be serving a purpose to the community. Let him earn his keep injail, why should we as tax payers have to pay for his stay for the rest of his natural life. Or until he finds a way to get enough money to pay a bribe to get out and be back on the streets and by that time even worse (if thats possible) and more of a danger to young children, by then he may have decided he quite likes bum love and will start with little boys as well as little girls.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-09-20 08:10

    In the USA there is the so-called "Son of Sam" law but I don't think we have similar legislation here

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-09-20 08:20

    "I know God will forgive me".. pathetic.

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-09-20 14:08

    Hey Jaco ( soon to be called Jacquelyn), better get oiled up, cos Bubba from cell block "B" is waiting to welcome you home to 170 years of rogering!!!!! enjoy!!!

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-09-20 14:31

    Can we not start a fund to take him out while he is in jail?

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