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Steyn: 'Sunday Rapist' has urges

2012-08-29 13:08

Johannesburg - The trial of the alleged "Sunday rapist" continued in the High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton, on Wednesday.

During cross-examination Carina Coetzee, for the State, asked the accused Johannes Jacobus Steyn how he would describe a person who kidnapped, raped and in some cases murdered teenage girls, the modus operandi of the 'Sunday Rapist'.

"Desperate maybe...maybe someone who doesn't have much feeling for other people. I don't know, I'm not someone who judges other people too quickly," he said.

Coetzee asked if this man, who traumatised these teenage girls, could be described as a monster.

"I can't say. Maybe a person who is desperate, a person who needed to satisfy urges. I don't know what was going on in their head."

‘Hadn’t thought of Sunday Rapist often’


He said he would not want to comment unless he knew the person's background.

Steyn has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder, 11 of rape, 10 of sexual assault, 10 of kidnapping, one of attempted sexual assault, and one of attempted kidnapping.

Coetzee queried Steyn when he said he had not thought about the 'Sunday Rapist' often. She asked how this was possible if this man caused Steyn to be incarcerated for almost a year.

He said it felt like he was being punished for cheating on his wife and it was a time to get closer to God. He had not really given it much thought.

Coetzee also asked if it did not bother him that this man was still free and could harm other children.

"I looked in the newspapers and I haven't seen anything since my arrest."

She also asked if his feelings towards the 'Sunday Rapist' changed when he saw the nine victims during their testimony and if he felt sorry for the girls.

"I didn't look at them much. I was making notes," he said at first.

‘I prayed for the girls’

He then admitted such a man probably had a problem.

"I did feel sorry for [the girls]. I went back [to the cells] and prayed for them, for him [the 'Sunday Rapist'], for myself and for lots of other people."

Throughout her three day cross-examination Coetzee questioned why Steyn was always in the vicinity of where each of the alleged 'Sunday Rapist' victims were kidnapped and assaulted.

Steyn has given numerous alibis varying from affairs with prostitutes to helping friends to tow their cars.

Coetzee on Wednesday morning put it to Steyn why he had not called any one of these alibi witnesses to verify his whereabouts. He said he could either not reach them or they refused.

"I am not going to force anyone to testify," he said.

"So you are not going to call one of your alibi witnesses?" Coetzee asked.

"That is correct," Steyn said.

Comments
  • michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-29 13:16

    He'll have a lot of time satisfying other people's urges in prison!!!

      procold2 - 2012-08-29 13:34

      i have urges alsolike choking this slime ball.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-08-29 13:52

      Why the hell does he have access to a newspaper! From everything he's learned from the press he could change his story easily.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-08-29 13:55

      I think he is trying desperately to let people think that he is crazy ... "can't get into their head". Who does he think he is fooling? Personally, I think he is just a monster who deserves to never see the light of day again.

  • mzakes.matabata - 2012-08-29 13:17

    cut off his balls!!!

  • frances.merwe - 2012-08-29 13:19

    He is wasting tax-payers' money, playing cat & mouse... What a joke! Don't give him the time of day, just lock him up already!

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-29 13:20

    What a sick man!!! He should be negotiating a lesser sentence than blatantly denying all evidence brought against him.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-08-29 13:21

    What a psychopath, the guy should be thrown out with the trash.

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-29 13:28

    Hav'nt seen anything since his arrest???? GO BLOODY FIGURE!!!!! Just lock him up please!!!! FOR GOOD

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-08-29 13:59

    DIE YOU BASTARD!!!!!

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-08-29 14:08

    Hope you get gangbanged in jail piece of trash!!!

  • rickey.de.clercq - 2012-08-29 14:09

    Sick SICK monster... a life in jail is to good for you.....

  • drsparky - 2012-08-29 14:10

    I hate the fact that he "Christianise" himself. It really sickens me... makes me feel ashamed in a way to call myself one.

      johandebeer - 2012-08-29 15:19

      Never feel ashamed about that. Not ever.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-29 14:11

    I think they should stop giving him delusional drugs in prison... And maybe hang him so that we all could see his face when he says goodbye to reality...

  • suash - 2012-08-29 14:14

    I hope they tear him a new a-hole in prison

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-29 15:36

    Judging by what I have read in the media I must say what Steyn actually needs is an IQ.

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-29 15:41

    Feed this piece of crap to the sharks!

      cindy.deutschmann.5 - 2012-08-29 18:13

      Jeez what have the sharks done to deserve that? Just because they lost the super rugby?

  • Antipoaching - 2012-08-29 18:19

    The evasions and referring to the Sunday Rapist in the 3rd person by this guy is absolutely typical of a serial offender. Ted Bundy, long after conviction, still never spoke directly (in the 1st person) about what he had done to his victims it was always stuff like "Maybe some-one hit her with a base-ball bat" and so on.... I reckon all that this does is deepen the conviction of the Court that this guy is guilty as hell and cannot be rehabilitated! In this instance LIFE really must mean life cos this dude will do it all over again if he is ever released

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