'Sunday Rapist almost took me'

2012-08-20 14:24

Johannesburg - The eighth alleged victim of the "Sunday rapist" spoke in court on Monday of how she was nearly abducted by an armed man in a bakkie.

"He said if I screamed, he would shoot my grandmother," the 15-year-old girl told the High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton.

She was testifying in the trial of Johannes Jacobus Steyn, dubbed the "Sunday Rapist".

She explained how she, 11 at the time, walked to a shop with her 4-year-old brother and grandmother in Rustenburg on November 11 2008 when a white bakkie stopped next to them.

Couldn’t see number plate

A man with a cap and sunglasses asked her name and then pointed a gun at her grandmother. He grabbed her arm and pulled her into the vehicle over his lap, she said.

"He tried to close the door and pull away at the same time. I kicked the door. That's when I fell out."
She tried to put her glasses back on to see if the bakkie had a number plate, but it drove off.

During cross-examination Anton Lerm, for Steyn, asked the girl whether she was compelled to testify.
"No, I was not forced to testify."

Steyn is charged with two counts of murder, 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 pleaded not guilty to all 37 charges against him. The murder charges relate to the deaths of schoolgirls Louise de Waal and Lazanne Farmer.

Cellphone expert

Seven of his alleged victims testified during his last appearance.

Most were aged between 15 and 18 when he allegedly forced them into his bakkie at gunpoint on Sunday mornings between 2008 and 2011, drove off with them, and raped or sexually assaulted them.

Earlier a forensic cellphone expert from Vodacom testified on the GPS co-ordinates of a cellphone registered in Steyn's name. The phone was linked to the locations where his alleged victims were attacked.

When questioned on the cellphone towers' accuracy in determining location, Petrus Prinsloo said it could not be out by more than 100m.

"The percentage will be very small."

  • ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-08-20 14:38

    Steyn is charged with two counts of murder, 11 counts of rape, 10 of sexual assault, 10 of kidnapping, one of attempted sexual assault, one of attempted kidnapping, and two of assault. Hang im twice!!!!!!

      procold2 - 2012-08-20 15:34

      to fast WTF, think maybe a stoning or a necklace something that he can really suffer, but tell you for sure i dont want any of my tax money supporting this guy.

      blignault.michaele - 2012-08-20 15:47

      I say don't hang him, it's too quick, bleed him slowly...

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-20 14:44

    Brave girl....No-one should have to endure this. So I agree with WTF above....Hang him twice !!!!

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-20 14:54

      Agreed, but not before making him suffer the same trauma as his victims and then hang him by his goolies the first time. There is no excuse for his behaviour.

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-20 14:52

    I would juts like to know why this man still has a legal rep ? How can someone defend this punk ?

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-20 15:16

      While this creep is is all likelihood guilty, it does happen that innocent people are hauled before the court - therefore everyone has the right o be defended. It's just a job to the lawyer, like cleaning the toilet - unpleasant but necessary, and better paid.

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-20 14:54

    Mob justice

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-20 15:16

      No. Real justice is what we need.

  • lester.nel - 2012-08-20 15:07

    Hang him by the balls till dead

  • BubblesdoubleO7 - 2012-08-20 15:36

    Why is this still open for debate/discussion? Please can we just get on with justice and hang this freak already. He deserves nothing less than a slow painful death!

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