Killer 'lost it', court hears

2012-05-17 22:26

Pretoria - Whoever attacked a frail-looking Bronkhorstspruit farmer's wife "must have lost it", a pathologist told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Dr P Lombard, who performed a post mortem on Monica van Vuuren in 2010, testified that she had been a small, slender woman who weighed only 43.2kg, but had been stabbed 25 times and had a broken neck and jaw.

The first question that entered his mind on seeing the body was "why?" Lombard said.

"All I can say is that whoever did it, must have lost it. Why 25 stab wounds and a dislocated spine? Serious violence was used.

"Taking into consideration the physique of the accused, nobody needs that amount of violence to achieve the demise of a person," he said.

Lombard testified that a spinal injury and stab wounds to both sides of the chest had caused Van Vuuren's death.

The stab wounds had caused her lungs to collapse. The penetration of her heart would have led to irreversible shock and death.

No emotion

He said four of the stab wounds to her body were inflicted after her death.

The fact that both of her index fingers had superficial lacerations indicated that she might have tried to defend herself, he said.

Her husband, Albert van Vuuren, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife during an argument in their house on his former family farm near Bronkhorstspruit in July 2010.

He listened to details of his wife's death without showing any emotion, and at one stage turned around and smiled at a family member sitting behind him.

Gordon McCallum, who stayed with the Van Vuurens at the time, and a policewoman testified earlier this week that Van Vuuren had confessed to them that he killed his wife.

The policewoman said Van Vuuren told her he did it because his wife wanted to poison him and wanted a divorce.

She admitted that Van Vuuren was heavily under the influence of alcohol at the time and that he had refused to say anything after sobering up the next day.

Counsel for Van Vuuren, JJ Greeff, suggested during cross-examination that McCallum - a man with a history of violence and mental health problems - might have been involved in the murder.

Another witness testified that Van Vuuren had repeatedly told him the next day that he had not killed his wife.

The trial continues.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-18 00:13

    If he's guilty he should hang. But it sounds like he is mentally challenged.

      Janice - 2012-05-18 06:50


      i2meleng - 2012-05-18 07:49

      Bloody - Savages, make me sick. Burn in hell.

      Carry - 2012-05-18 18:41

      How dare he she was a wonderful person

  • Sivuyile - 2012-05-18 02:39

    There is obviously something seriously wrong with this man. They should investigate this couples history. The headline says '' He Lost It ''. A person looses it after several times of arguments or violent encounters. This guy should be taken to a mental institution and tested first before anything. I am not condoning what he did, just being realistic.

  • Sidney Gilroy - 2012-05-18 06:05

    Schizophrenia and possible de-attached MPD. He will not go to jail. He will go to a mental institution for the rest of his life. I bet you he was on something like Risperdal or the like. And if that is the case...under NO circumstances should he have consumed alcohol.

      cruywagen - 2012-05-18 11:44

      A grown man that does not follow a doctors instructions on not drinking with some serious medication should be held accountable. Did he conveniently 'forget' not to drink. He made a choice regardless of the circumstances and he should pay for it.

  • Joseph - 2012-05-18 06:31

    The anc goverment is to be blamed for this, they must bring back the death sentence. These animals that kill people like this does not deserve to live, as with rapists of little girls.

      Karen - 2012-05-18 07:03

      Joseph, the government did not kill this woman - someone else did, possibly the husband - the possibility of a death penalty will definitely not be a deterrent to somebody like this who killed this woman (and not to others either) - I however agree with the death penalty, simply to rid our society of monsters and people that do not contribute (in the sense that they rape, murder and plunder and is a menace to a peaceful society)

      Henri James Christie - 2012-05-18 07:27


  • cruywagen - 2012-05-18 07:44

    It sounds like this man has a lot of anger and resentment. Perhaps in his drunken state he couldn't control all the suppressed emotions. Nevertheless he should pay for the crime. In this country many people are living under extreme financial and emotional stress, but to not go about killing people.

  • Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-18 15:41

    Big man needs to hit a small woman? Your a coward and a dog, what you have done makes you less worthy to live, death sentence would be to easy, put him in jail and let him rot, I'm sure there's a bigger man there to make him into small woman, no parole, no sympathy..

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