'Sunday Rapist' admitted crime - ex-wife

2012-07-30 20:38

Johannesburg - Jaco Steyn, dubbed the "Sunday Rapist", had admitted to a kidnapping, his ex-wife testified on Monday.

"He phoned me and said he kidnapped another girl," she told the South Gauteng High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton.

The court ordered that the woman not be identified.

Steyn is being tried for the murder of schoolgirls Louise de Waal and Lazanne Farmer.

He is also charged with 11 counts of rape, 10 of sexual assault, 10 of kidnapping, one of attempted sexual assault, one of attempted kidnapping, and two of assault.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

His ex-wife testified that he phoned her on 12 October 2010, the day of De Waal's murder, and told her he had kidnapped a girl.

He also told her he was confused and he was going to leave. He said there would be police at his house and that she should tell them he was guilty.

Asked about his whereabouts on Sundays, she said he did community service at a hospital in the mornings for almost four hours for a previous conviction.

"It's what he told me."

Throughout his ex-wife's testimony, Steyn cried. He put his head in his hands, sighed, and constantly wiped his eyes.

Asked why he always brought a Bible into court with him, Steyn said: "It gives me courage".

He said his brother gave him the Bible in 2007. Steyn said Psalm 43 gave him courage. He kept a bookmark with pictures of his wife and child on that page.

The 11 girls Steyn allegedly attacked between 2008 and 2011 were aged between 11 and 18.

  • Squeegee - 2012-07-30 20:50

    Guilty as charged. Put him away. ... I notice that the writer just cannot resist the Bible angle - this has come up in about 5 articles today. Unnecessary trolling by News24.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-30 21:30

      "He phoned me and said he kidnapped another girl," Ok why would any normal Woman/Wife still be with her husband when he tells her something like that??? 'ANOTHER girl' so this means he confessed to her before? They need to start making his last meal en begin die Tou Span en val deure toets daar in Pogieter straat n°1...

      Squeegee - 2012-07-30 21:53

      Charlie - I think he was referring to his first conviction which his wife knew about. Speaks to the uselessness of the justice system. How many cases just this week were parolees committed serious crime...

  • wehan.victor - 2012-07-30 21:06

    SCUMBAG!!!!! Take him outside and give him that good old South African specialty, the necklace.

      brutus.oscar - 2012-07-30 23:14

      I agee.

  • npretorius2 - 2012-07-31 08:08

    "His ex-wife testified that he phoned her on 12 October 2010" ?? Wasn't it 12 October 2011?? Does anyone proof read these articles?? FFS, almost every single story has a mistake in it!

  • paco.rodriguez.9210 - 2012-07-31 11:12

    remember kids this is what happens when u have too much brandy and witblitz with your sister and then make a baby together

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