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'Sunday Rapist' will not call witnesses

2012-08-29 15:31

Johannesburg - The alleged "Sunday Rapist" would not call any alibi witnesses because they were "scared of the media", he told the High Court on Wednesday.

During cross-examination Carina Coetzee, for the State, asked the rape and murder-accused, Johannes Jacobus Steyn, why he had not called anyone of his 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.

"They are scared of the media, they are scared of the cameras. This is my battle and I must fight it."

Alibis


She put it to him that he would not call any alibis because they did not exist.

"They exist in your head," Coetzee said.

Throughout her three-day cross-examination, Coetzee questioned Steyn why he was always in the vicinity 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.
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 again questioned him on a confession he made to a magistrate after the murder of teenager Louise de Waal in October 2011 in which Steyn said he phoned his wife telling her what happened.

Confession to wife

Coetzee asked how he could have done so if he did not at that stage know what had happened.
"It was a lie. I just asked her to go and look [at] what was going on at the house," he said.

Judge Sita Kolbe then intervened and asked how at the time he could have said he made an admission to his wife if he now maintained he only had a conversation with her.

In the confession Steyn said he phoned his wife and told her he took another girl and he did something terrible.

He also described himself as a monster in the confession.

"That was just what came into my head... It is what the media would call me," he said.

He has maintained, since the start of the trial, that he was forced to make the confession.

On Tuesday Coetzee put it to Steyn that the purported confession was strikingly similar to actual events, and read from it an apology to the victims and their families.

Comments
  • michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-29 15:36

    I have an idea... Why don't the judge bar the media from the vicinity of the courts while the alibi's testified? That way they would not get any media attention. This sick bastard is guilty!!!

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-29 15:52

      what he is trying to achieve here, is for his laywer to stand up and say he is mentally ill, that way he will get a lesser sentence. Throw his ass in jail -

      rbphiri - 2012-08-29 16:07

      "They are scared of the media, they are scared of the cameras. This is my battle and I must fight it." So his imaginery friends are scared of cameras? Just watch if he doesn't succeed coming off as mentally disturbed his going to bring out the shaiktitis defense card.

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-08-29 17:36

      My imaginary friends are also scared of the cameras. They wont come out if others are around.But then I guess they may not be real??

  • Eterni80 - 2012-08-29 15:51

    this sick frack should be hung from the nearest light pole.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-08-29 15:54

    He don't need any!! He is guilty as hell CUT HIS BALL'S OFF

  • constance.jooste - 2012-08-29 16:22

    Please remember that what goes around, comes around. Lucky it was not my child as you would have been dead by now. You piece of dehydrated plastic manure. May you rot in hell.. Constance Jooste

  • marius.truter - 2012-08-29 16:32

    Liar, liar, liar once you go to jail your a$$ will be on fire.

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-08-29 16:39

    This sicko is wasting the courts time as obviously he knows his so called allibis wont purger themselves and more than likely are want to see him nailed for what he did.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-29 17:02

    Maybe his wife should be arrested as well, she knew what he was doing, and never reported him to the police, she is just as guilty as he is. They should both get life sentences and when eventually the death sentence is reinstated they should both get it.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-08-29 19:26

    legal advice,is most propably, that any witness,could only harm his hopeless case.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-08-30 08:54

    Again, what about the DNA? Was it not collected? It has not been mentioned at all. What's the real story? Is this another situation where bungled police work is going to allow this piece of human garbage a mistrial?? The law owes it to the young women of South Africa to put this man away forever. He must never again feel the sun upon his skin. He should hang and not waste the taxpayers money. Disgusting piece of excrement.

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