'Sunday Rapist' feared torture - lawyer

2012-07-25 18:36

Johannesburg - The "Sunday Rapist" was forced into making an incriminating statement, the South Gauteng High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton heard on Wednesday.

"If he did not play along he would have been tortured," Anton Lerm, for Jaco Steyn, told the court.

Lerm questioned investigating officer Peet du Toit during a trial within a trail on the admissibility of a statement made to a magistrate in Krugersdorp.

Lerm said Du Toit promised Steyn if he made a statement and pleaded guilty, he would receive a short trial.

Du Toit replied: "Your honour, that is totally false."

Steyn is accused of murdering school girls 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.

The 11 girls he allegedly attacked between 2008 and 2011 were all between 11 and 18 years old.

The 36-year-old pleaded not guilty to all 37 charges against him on Monday.

Lerm said Steyn was promised the trial would go away quietly.

"That's absurd, how could I let the case go away quietly? It already had national coverage," Du Toit said.

Wanted him to escape

Lerm asked why Steyn was only brought back to Krugersdorp a day after he handed himself over in Margate in KwaZulu-Natal on 13 October last year.

Lerm said en route his client was left in an idling police vehicle with weapons inside.

He argued this was done to provoke Steyn to escape. Du Toit denied knowledge of this.

Du Toit testified that Steyn phoned him the day after De Waal's murder from Margate and said he tried to commit suicide.

Du Toit told him to hand himself over at the nearest police station and not meet halfway as Steyn had suggested.

Lerm argued that Du Toit told Steyn he should go to a police station because he would be shot by police if found.

Du Toit said this was untrue; he never said Steyn would be shot, he handed himself over willingly.

Lerm said the police docket and what Steyn should say to the magistrate were discussed with him beforehand.

Steyn feared he would be tortured if he did not co-operate.

Du Toit denied this.

"I find that totally absurd. He had a smile on his face [when he was brought in]. He was cool and calm. He greeted everyone by hand... He was not nervous. He said he wanted to clear his heart and was glad it was over."

Pulled over

Captain Martin Smith was recalled and corroborated Du Toit's testimony.

"The accusations that the accused are making didn't happen before me."

Warrant officer Andre van der Mescht was the last witness called to testify on Wednesday. He was one of the officers who drove Steyn from Margate to Krugerdsorp.

He testified that they didn't speak to Steyn and only stopped for petrol and once for food.

He said they were pulled over at a toll gate by police and asked who they were and where they were going. The conversation took no more than five minutes.

Asked by the State to explain why Steyn was only taken to Krugersdorp the day after he handed himself over, Van der Mescht said they had been working the day and the night before.

They then drove to Margate.

"It would have been very irresponsible to drive directly back with the accused."

The trial was postponed for cross-examination and the conclusion of the trial within a trial on Thursday.

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-07-25 18:48

    He should have been tortured to death.

      kim.buren - 2012-07-25 19:18

      He has a wife, but also a girlfriend who knew all about his sexual behaviour. Wonder if the courts are looking into this as she is an accessory to his crimes. FACT !!

      lownabester - 2012-07-25 19:35

      Hulle moes hom dood gedonner het.

      anton.burger.16 - 2012-07-25 21:47

      They should have just shot the dog...

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-26 07:01


      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-07-26 08:15

      THey must not kill this man. Death would not fit a punishment for a piece of s@!t like this. He needs to be tortured and raped, day in and day out for the rest of his life in prison. He needs to be send around like a sex slave from one prisoner to another. But death, would be too easy on a animal like this. He needs to suffer.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-26 09:07

      I will happily make his fears a reality.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-25 18:48

    Oh give it a rest! You are a despicable human being who should get life with hard labour!

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-25 19:20

      And a death sentence.

      mark.botha.184 - 2012-07-25 20:15

      Give him to the public...we'll deal with him

  • Squeegee - 2012-07-25 18:50

    Watch the circus unfold. I doubt whether Steyn has enough money to repeat the JubJub fiasco, but his lawyer will try anything to discredit the police. The sad thing is that the trolls will take this as fact.

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-25 19:26

      You damn right he won't have money... SO now he'll be awarded a state attorney and advocate - all expenses paid! By who? US the tax payers! Makes me ill

  • Ian - 2012-07-25 18:51

    Oh for the love of God, what lucky packet did this lawyer get his degree from he handed himself over to margate police, Louises bag was found in his possesion, wake up mr defender of murdering scum, your client will get gangraped so quit the BS

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-26 14:12

      Every person is entitled to his day in court and someone has to defend him - if not then the state aka the taxpayers foot the bill for his legal fees. There have been miscarriages of justice in the past and killing someone because he killed someone else just perpetuates murder. Regardless of who carries out the death penalty and whether they even know if they were responsible these employees who carry out the death penalty often end up with psychological problems and selfmedicate with booze and ultimately kill themselves as well. Those who don't kill themselves may end up taking it out on their own loved ones - family murder/suicide and we are all horrified by that. Life in jail with others who have killed is a much better punishment even if we do have to pay for it. Make them earn their keep by reducing them to the monsters they are - no clothes, no blanket, earn it through humiliation. No parole for good behaviour for someone else's birthday or a political parties centenary. Every right should have to be earned for the rest of his life under supervision and no access to family and friends for at least 5 years. Every infraction or any reluctance to do as told earns him another year. I'm sorry for his family but he deprived others of their right to a normal life and forfeited his own when he was caught. Let the defence lawyer do his job and be paid for it. After all if he gets him off he has earned it and the people will speak.

  • sad.sac.33 - 2012-07-25 18:58

    The lawyer will be singing another tune if his daugter or wife was raped. Lawyers don`t care for victims they just carwe for their own pockets.

  • Henk - 2012-07-25 18:58

    Jy is n slapgat dwis!

  • barbara.eksteen.5 - 2012-07-25 19:09

    )ou will be tortures soon boy! Hell is waiting for u!

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-07-25 19:13

    Some attorneys live a life of luxury preying on tragedy such as this.

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-25 19:20

    Lerm you worm.. How do you sleep at night trying to defend this demon? Do you have daughters?

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-07-25 19:28

      Someone's gotta do it. Otherwise he walks free.

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-25 19:33

      Michael I'm referring to the defence attorney not the prosecution!

  • jerzy.bondov.5 - 2012-07-25 19:21

    True face of the devil.

      veldt66 - 2012-07-25 19:43

      Agree with you.

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-07-25 19:34

    Lock this twat and his lawyer up! How can you defend such a person!

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-25 19:41


  • hakuna.jina - 2012-07-25 19:54

    Unfortunately the police have been known to maintain the same reckless standards like most of the people commenting on this article, suggesting vigilante behaviour with dead certainty that Steyn is guilty as charged. What about, ‘innocent until proven guilty’?

      anton.burger.16 - 2012-07-25 21:48

      Oh shut up...idiot...

      nico.brits.581 - 2012-07-25 22:16

      He gave himself up admitting he raped and killed them. Why should a poor innocent angel call the police and tell them he is going to give himself up in a case like this?

  • iceman196 - 2012-07-25 20:40

    ive been having visions of HOSTEL 1 when i read about this scum, I could do moodley and this sicko at once, blow torch and rusty blade i will supply, just give me these bastards, f me I will make them scream

  • iceman196 - 2012-07-25 20:42

    lerm, you sick pervert, you probally get a thrill out of defending murderers of young girls, sick bastard

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-07-25 20:51

    The rapist should be folgged in public and this would set an example to all future rapists in this world. "Who is really reading our comments"? The justice system needs to be harsher for these crimes of rape.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-25 21:17

    Where is the DNA? Won't that convict him? Or did the cops $&@& it up again?

      iceman196 - 2012-07-25 22:08

      probally, what dont they stuff up, Come Piet Byleveld, sort this scumbag out

  • jerry.pres - 2012-07-25 21:25

    Don't waste time and money with this piece of crap and give him to the public.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-07-25 21:41

    He fears what he gave and this time he will take it from the inmates ! Now he is remorseful(in fear) and for most if he did not get away with trying to plead insanity then pay up as these sick people are far from welcome!

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-07-26 07:52

    LOL.. lies lies lies and yet he sits there with the bybel!

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-26 10:10

    Steyn, when you go to prison, be afraid, BE VERY AFRAID!!!!

  • snoopy.snoopaloop - 2012-07-26 10:21

    Ek wil so graag die Johannes Steyn byloop met 'n Golfstok. Ek wil hom tot 'n paperysel slaan, todat hy verstik in sy eie bloed en gebreekte tande! Ek wil hom so vermink, dat hy nooit weer vir homself wil kyk nie. En dan, Dan wil ek hom in 'n kamer toe stuil omsingel deur spieels, sodat hy na homself moet kyk! En oorals fotos op plak van Louise se gebrande ligaam. Hy moet nooit vergeet nie, hy moet homself nooit vergewe nie. Sy moet by hom spook verewig!

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-26 13:58

    He sounds like a compulsive liar and cheat and the sort of coward to boot who would commit the sort of crimes he is accused of. Of course he is scared - he has every right to be after what he has done. For once News24 your report conveys a sense of the truth her. Moreover police are allowed to lie to someone who is reasonably certainly the perpetraor of a murderous crime of this nature. Put this man away for life and give his child a new name and sanctuary away from Pretoria where this monster lived and let him face his fears like a man. He is accused of ruining the lives of so many people and if even one of them had the courage to stand and identify him as the person who kidnapped her then let's stop wasting money and send him away for several lifetimes to run consecutively. I can't imagine how the mother of the murdered daughter must be feeling right now. The only comfort she has is that her child is now forever young and beyond the reach of monsters of his ilk. If you know who his girlfriend is then phone the police anonymously and let them know so she can be brought in to testify against him even as a hostile witness.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-26 17:42

    He doesn't know what fear is. Hand him over to the public and he will find out....

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