'Sunday Rapist' straight-faced in court

2012-07-31 22:19

Johannesburg - Jaco Steyn, dubbed the 'Sunday rapist' sat straight-faced as four of his alleged victims recalled details of their attacks on Tuesday.

This brought the number of his alleged victims who had testified in the South Gauteng High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton, to seven.

The court ordered that they not be identified, and all but one testified in camera.

Steyn is accused of murdering 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, which took place between 2008 and 2011.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The first of the alleged victims decided not to testify in camera on Tuesday. She was the only one.

The 20-year-old woman, who was 18 at the time, recalled how she was almost kidnapped while walking to a cafe in Potchefstroom on August 2010.

She was with her 11-year-old brother when a bakkie stopped next to them. She managed to fight off her assailant, wrestling with him on the grass.

The woman started crying during her testimony and Judge Sita Kolbe told her she would feel better if she told the court what had happened.

She smiled and continued. She told the court she instructed her brother to fetch their father. The attack happened two houses from theirs.

"I kicked him [the attacker] and closed the [bakkie] door on him and ran home."

Keep quiet

Next an 18-year-old woman described her kidnap and rape in Vanderbijlpark in February 2010.

"His words were that I should keep quiet or I'll get hurt," she said.

The court adjourned for five minutes to allow her to compose herself. A counsellor was allowed to sit with her during the rest of her testimony.

The woman, who was 16 at the time of the attack, was on her way back from a cafe when a white bakkie stopped in front of her. Her disguised kidnapper pointed a gun at her and forced her into the vehicle, she said.

He pulled a balaclava over her head and drove her to an unknown location. He tied her hands to the passenger door handle.

"He got onto my lap and pulled my pants down to my knees... He held my one leg in the air and got on top of me."

When asked how she was coping after the rape, she answered: "I think about it a lot, and it feels like I can't trust anyone."

A 15-year-old girl said she got over it, but still had nightmares sometimes about him. The teenager, who was 12 at the time, said she was heading home from a shop in Potchefstroom in November 2009 when a man jumped out of the bakkie with a gun.

She initially thought it was a joke. He blindfolded her with a red balaclava and drove her to a unknown location.

Her father testified that she did not cry when he picked her up after the assault, but he could see something was wrong.

"She has done better than we thought," he said.

Must co-operate

The last of Steyn's alleged victims to be called to the stand on Tuesday was an 18-year-old woman. She confidently testified in detail how she walked from her school in Rustenburg on a Monday in June 2009 when she was kidnapped. She was 15 at the time.

"He said there were a few things I needed to do for him. I must co-operate or he would rape me. If I did he wouldn't."

He pulled a black balaclava over her head and drove away with her. She explained how he fondled and assaulted her before ordering her to stand up.

"He rubbed against me... When he was done with me I felt something running down my legs... His semen ran down my legs."

He used a towel to wipe it off.

"I'm afraid to go anywhere alone," she told the court.

Her mother testified how her daughter hysterically phoned her and said she was in a ditch.

"She was very shocked, very emotional, and she cried a lot."

The trial continues on Thursday.

  • Roland Strick - 2012-08-01 00:03

    Death penalty for rapists,murderers and child molesters!!!!

  • conway.hunter.9 - 2012-08-01 00:46

    He is a sick predator, who had no remorse or concern for his victims. The law must have the same attitude towards him. Hope he rceives the same treatment in prison as he inflicted on his victims.

  • lala.kunene - 2012-08-01 01:48

    He doesnt deserve to live, I hate this RAPIST!

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-01 02:04

    He took his fantasy to anada dangerous level,y he didnt masturbate if he was t getting any fun in de house?he ddnt thnk b4 he act,multiple life sentences r waiting 4 him

      stephanie.klarmann - 2012-08-01 07:10

      Rape is not about sex, its about anger and domination over his victims. It's disgusting how men like you seem to think men have some uncontrollable sex drive and it's the woman's fault because he's not getting any 'fun in the house' (That's what YOU said). Absolutely revolting how some people are so ignorant about rape.

      mimi.visser - 2012-08-01 07:47

      Stephanie, I think you're getting unnecessarily upset with eric. Jaco Steyn was the one who said (as posted in another article) that he was looking for a prostitute on the morning of Louis De Waal's murder, to get something he wasn't getting at home. I think what Eric was trying to say wat that if this was really the case, why not just masturbate? Kind of irrelevant though, as I fully believe that's a BS story Steyn was spinning to try and say he had an alibi. And as you've said, this kind of rape is not about the sex.

  • dix.valentinus.9 - 2012-08-01 06:30

    Those rapist need to be given life sentance in prison..

  • Nondumiso Nana Malaka - 2012-08-01 06:45

    he deserves to be be hanged with his b*#*s for his life,people like him makes me sick period.......

  • elize.leroux.16 - 2012-08-01 06:53

    prisoners will make him their bitch and he will be raped every day! he'll get what's comming to him...

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-08-01 07:36

    I am glad that is not a black person who comitted this crimes because most whites think that most of us are all criminals. The law must take it course and ensure that he gets a life sentence because he is a danger to society.

      mina.moo.14 - 2012-08-03 15:58

      Most whites do not think that all black people are criminals. Read the newspaper and listen to the news and you will find out who the majority rapist are. Worst of all what age the babies are being raped

      neo.bokabamoeketsi - 2012-08-20 14:46

      Really Muzi, couldn't you be more creative with your comment? How about commenting on the issue itself as opposed to getting on that black vs white bandwagon? So boring and annoying

  • ndlelenhle.nyathi - 2012-08-01 07:53

    This is hard 2 bliev dat a human being wt God features can do this i strongly bliev evil spirits r da rsults of dis.

      kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2012-08-01 12:02

      - Then no-one who does wrong is accountable for their actions. How will they be punished?

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-01 07:55

    The publicity which this MONSTER is getting, courtesy of news24 ... he will probably write a book and have a movie made in his “honour,” becoming wealthy in the process. If his ”straight face” during testimony is newsworthy, I hope I won't be seeing or reading a headline about his posture as he takes a dump

  • 2zbunu - 2012-08-01 07:57

    Nou ja is a sad story this 1. Hope our judiciary system can put a strong verdict on him so that the other rapist out there can learn and be deterred from commiting this heinous crimes.

  • psmbatha - 2012-08-01 07:58

    he should have his equipment chopped off.

  • soekie - 2012-08-01 09:33

    No he is not sick!!! He knew what he did was wrong and he kept on doing it. How can any person hurt children, I wish that he gets a very loving jail mate who will do to him what he did to Louise

  • jose.d.santos.9041 - 2012-08-03 14:47

    now he is pleading not guilty..where is the cop that convinced him to hand himself in at the station? this case is taking to long and its costing us the taxpayer money.. bring death penalty back to these and similar barbaric crimes

  • lizette.vanwyk.arts - 2012-08-20 15:33

    Sex offenders NEVER change, why they let them out in the first place is a huge ? They get 3 years for rape and life for murder, life means you wont be able to murder again, sex offenders are sick and it is not something you can cure??? so...what is the difference? Are we saying you can go in 3 years to rape again? yes that is exactly what what the law does, you cant let people like this loose in public? All sex offenders should stay in prison for life! but we send them away for life when they kill, why wait?

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