Murder suspect hits out at cameraman

2013-11-13 15:44

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Cape Town - A Cape Town man accused of killing two teenage girls hit out at a photographer ahead of his trial on Wednesday.

About 10 photographers surrounded Johannes Christiaan de Jager, 48, when he was led into the Western Cape High Court courtroom and sat in the dock reading the charge sheet.

When a photographer from Die Burger bridged the 1m gap, De Jager lashed out at him, the back of his hand making contact with the camera.

Judge Chuma Cossie entered the court a few minutes later, around 11:30, and warned the media to respect De Jager's rights.

"I request the members of the press not to harass the accused and to comply strictly with the conditions of the permission [to take photographs]."

She said she was aware of the public interest, but that De Jager's rights were more important.

He has been charged with the murders of two 18-year-olds - Parow sex worker Hiltina Alexander and Mpumalanga resident Charmaine Mare.

The State alleges that De Jager picked up Alexander near Parow on 18 May 2008, raped her and killed her.

Her body was found next to the N7 highway in Philadelphia, near Atlantis, the next day. A post mortem revealed she had been strangled.

According to the indictment, Mare holidayed in Cape Town in January, staying with a friend in Kraaifontein. Her friend's mother was dating De Jager.

On 7 January, the friend, the mother, and De Jager's son went on a cruise, leaving Mare and De Jager alone in the house.

The State alleges De Jager made repeated sexual advances, which the teenage girl rejected.

The family returned home on 11 January and could not find Mare. De Jager registered a missing person case with the police.

Her burned body was found in a nearby field.

Her hands and feet had been cut off.

Her hands were later found in the garage of the home and her feet next to the N2 highway near Firgrove, in Somerset West.

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