'Sunday Rapist' found guilty on 33 charges

2012-09-18 22:39

Johannesburg - "Sunday Rapist" Jaco Steyn was found guilty on 33 charges, including murder, in the South Gauteng High Court sitting in Alberton on Tuesday.

Judge Sita Kolbe found him guilty on all but four of the 37 charges brought against him.

Two of those were changed from rape to sexual assault and one was changed from murder to culpable homicide.

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.

The abductions took place between 2008 and 2011 and the girls were aged between 11 and 18.

Among these was 16-year-old Louise de Waal.

Steyn was found guilty of murdering and abducting her, but not guilty of raping her. Kolbe said there was insufficient evidence to prove it.

"He is a self-confessed liar," Kolbe said in describing Steyn.

She said he admitted he lied to his wife and employer about his whereabouts on the day of De Waal's murder.

De Waal was abducted in October last year while she was on her way to school in Roodepoort. It was just before her 17th birthday.

De Waal's burnt body was found on a Magaliesberg farm later the same day.

Kolbe also found him guilty of abducting 14-year-old Lazanne Farmer in Pretoria in September 2010. He was found guilty of culpable homicide, not murder.

Farmer, from Pretoria, was kidnapped in September 2010 by a man in a bakkie. She died after jumping out of the bakkie in a bid to escape.

After the judgment a tearful Steyn said he would make a statement at a later stage.

"There's a lot that you don't know," he said.

He cried as he spoke about his wife.

"My wife doesn't even talk to me."

Steyn was mocked by family members attending proceedings, with someone shouting: "pappa wag vir jou" (daddy's waiting for you).


Louise's mother Shereen walked up to Steyn during a brief break, saying she wanted to look him in the eye.

"Jaco Steyn, I am Louise de Waal's mother - you killed my child and you will pay for what you did."

Anton Lerm, for Steyn, argued his client's sentences should run concurrently. He said no excessive violence was used in the rape cases.

He asked Kolbe not to impose a lengthy prison sentence.

The matter was adjourned until Wednesday for arguments in aggravation and mitigation of sentencing.

Shereen later told reporters that she confronted Steyn because she could not contain her emotions any more.

"I actually wanted to scratch his eyes out. I'm very happy that I did that," she said.

"I wanted him to look me in the eye. I wanted him to know I'm Louise de Waal's mother."

She said it was ironic that Steyn's son's birthday was on the same day as her daughter's.

"We are glad the court proceedings are over, but we will never have closure."

Louise's sister Jessica du Toit said the judgment was "bitter-sweet", because he was not convicted of the rape.

"We are both happy and sad, because the reason he took her is because he wanted to rape her."

  • United.Red.Angel - 2012-09-18 22:54

    "No excessive violence was used in the rape"... RAPE IS VIOLENT! This lawyer should go to prison, too.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-09-19 00:08

      How does this lawyer sleep at night?

      marc.rule - 2012-09-19 07:09

      This thing is beyond a MONSTER and has to be put down like one. - 2012-09-19 07:20

      That lawyer is just ef'd up. Ya, he has to do his job, but f... no. Steyn must get the longest sentence available. There's nothing to mitigate his sentence.

      merven.halo - 2012-09-19 11:32

      No, this Steyn idiot must get the death sentence, why must we as tax payers look after his sorry but?

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-09-19 12:18

      Please NEVER let this monster see the light of day again. He is a very sick, evil person who is a total psychopath / sociopath. His lack of feeling towards any of the people he has harmed is quite sickening! May the people that he has harmed as well as those who have lost loved ones heal, including his own wife and child.

      Johanwhk - 2012-09-19 13:05

      Unfortunately EVERY person deserves a FAIR trial. He had to have representation. So the someone had to represent him. Don't blame the lawyer, he merely conveyed the accused's version of the events. People always look at the attorney when there are horrible crimes. Attorneys are only there to see to it that the law is applied OBJECTIVELY. What would happen if he was merely thrown in jail? Then you would immediately have rights groups up in arms as he was not given a FAIR trial. So before you judge the attorney next time, remember that we are all innocent before the court and need to be proven guilty.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-19 13:32

      I hope he gets 20 life sentences with NO chance of every appealing his case and getting out. A message to any prisoners who are in the same jail as him - I beg you, make this sub-human suffer.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-09-19 14:00

      100% Agreed. What makes me so mad is that these crazy things The Monster is saying, he appears to believe. Like saying today "The truth will come out". Perhaps he has brainwashed his lawyer too? And really, is he suprised his wife doesn't talk to him? The shame she must be feeling to have married him.

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-09-19 19:25

      I am so sorry that this RUBBISH was sentenced. He should have raped this idiot lawyer Anton Lerm as well. .

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-09-19 02:49

    Hang the sumb*tch...hang him high !!

  • stephen.j.coetzee.5 - 2012-09-19 03:30

    They should rip his tools off..!!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-09-19 05:43

    Death he should be sentenced to DEATH!!!!!

      siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-09-19 06:39

      Ever heard of the right to life in the constitution?

      stephanie.klarmann - 2012-09-19 06:49

      @Siyanda The right to life??? Ask that of Louise and Lazanne before you support a rapist and murderer.

      hein.huyser - 2012-09-19 07:13

      @syianda, the day he murdered and raped he placed himself above the constitution, therefore the "right to life" is not applicable in this case.

      frikdt - 2012-09-19 08:01

      @siyanda: There, you've highlighted one of the biggest problems of modern day society and the wonderful constitution: Almost everyone is concerned with a murderer and rapist's 'right to live' but they don't care about the innocent victim's right to live. The hypocrisy of it all is sickening.

      liam.groome - 2012-09-19 10:07

      The right to life is not about protecting the convicted. It's there to protect the rights of a human being to life. Unfortunately criminals fall into this category. The onus of proof in criminal cases is "beyond reasonable doubt". It's not an an exact science. Deciding that convicted criminals should be exempt from this means that you could one day execute an innocent man. The risk of one innocent life is not worth it. That innocent life could one day be yours, your wife/husband's, your child's. This man is not a ring leader. He'll spend the rest of his days hiding from Big Bubba, knowing that everybody he loves actually hates him, and paranoid, not knowing who he can trust. I'd much rather know he spends the rest of his days like this than vote in favour of his assisted suicide.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-19 06:06

    This useless ANC government should bring back the death sentence specially in cases such as this. Why should the taxpayer support this useless trash in comfort for the next whatever years he is sentenced too. People like him should not be allowed to breathe the same air as us.

      carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-19 09:48

      Roy he is not a person, he is a parasite.

  • godesha - 2012-09-19 06:26

    So the judge should not impose a lengthy prison sentence? Look what happened when he got given community service, he went around raping and murdering. Jaco Steyn must NEVER walk the streets again.

  • siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-09-19 06:37

    As a lawyer myself,I would say the guy showed emotion,that on the charge of murder of Farmer he was found guilty of a competent verdict;not main charge in mitigation!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-19 07:01

      You must be a very bad lawyer siyanda. Firstly, Steyn pleaded not guilty thus refusing to take responsibility for his savagery. Secondly, he maintained a stoic, unemotional presence throughout the proceedings, denying everything and putting up stupid explanations. Thirdly, he broke down only after being found guilty obviously because he believed he had put up a strong defence and would be found not guilty. Lastly, he was found guilty for culpable homicide because he did not push the little girl out of his bakkie and intentionally caused her death, which could have resulted in finding of murder against him. But he ought to have foreseen that the little girl could tried to escape by jumping out and possibly dying from injuries, but did nothing to prevent that from happening. As a result, he negligently caused her death, which is why a guilty verdict of culpable homicide was returned. This has nothing to do with mitigation, which will be argued only after a guilty verdict has been imposed in order to plead for more lenient sentence.

      hein.huyser - 2012-09-19 07:16

      Lawyer? What law did you study? Medieval and dinosaur law if you ask me? Have you ever once read the Constitution?

      siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-09-19 07:28

      Well,Themba Thwala you must be one of those pathetic prosecutors! The fact that an accused person was found guilty on a competent verdict and not the main charge is a mitigating factor! You must read your SCA case law! And you can never say that because an accused pleaded not guilty,he never showed emotion! It is his right! The South Gautent High Court poited that out in S v Smith when it said there is no such thing as the accused waisting the court's time if he pleads not guilty and in the end he is found guilty! Remember,the burden is on the state! He can even remain silent if he so wishes!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-19 07:38

      I never said I was a prosecutor siyanda, stop imagining things. Instead you should study your case law instead of make it up as you go along. Lastly, don't raise new but irrelevant arguments when you lose on the points initially raised by yourself as “a lawyer.” For e.g., I never said anyone wasted the court's time if they pleaded guilty but were proven guilty. So I'm not about to entertain this irrelevant point. Do you see what I mean when I say you are a very, very bad lawyer :)

      siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-09-19 07:39

      Please,if you studied drama! You have no right to reply to my comment!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-19 07:44

      Okay Siyanda. But first tell me which law says if I studied drama (which I did not), I have no right to respond to you stupid comments?

      siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-09-19 07:46

      Dear Mr Themba Thwala. What do you mean when you say that by his pleading not guilty he failed to take responsibility? It is his right mos! And what law am I making up,I deny that allegation,it is totally spurious!

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-19 07:54

      You must be a lawyer in your village! What an IDIOT!!!!!!!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-19 07:59

      Siyanda please man, we are now going round and round in circles. I asked you a simple question “as a lawyer” yourself, but you pose a question instead of answering my question. Okay, let make a deal: you answer my question because I asked first, and i`ll answer your too. Then you can deny any “spurious allegation\ all you want. Here we go: “as a lawyer” yourself, which law or Act says I do not have “the right to respond to” your stupid comments?

      siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-09-19 08:07

      Well,Mr Thembe! As you can see that in my \drama\ comment,I never mentioned your name! You are just being paranoid! In all my comments directed to you,I have made sure that I mention your name or surname! In simple terms,it was not meant for you!!!

      siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-09-19 08:28

      Well,Mr Hein! I have read the constitution and in sect. 35(3)(n) provides that every accussed has a right to a fair trial and that includes the benefit of the least severe of the prescribed punishments! Basically,the constitution is talking about the Minimum Sentences Act!

      ken.rowe.509 - 2012-09-19 11:00

      Huh ?

      frikdt - 2012-09-19 12:43

      "Please,if you studied drama! You have no right to reply to my comment!" Mr. siyanda: You are either a very sloppy lawyer or a very sly one. SLOPPY: You make a sweeping general statement without making it clear whom it was directed at. Very sloppy indeed. It's all in the details. I wouldn't want you to ever defend me. SLY: You intentionally make a sweeping general statement, then if somebody takes you to task about that, you conveniently slip through the back-door you left open for yourself by claiming that it was not directed at that person. But judging by the garbage you've been posting I don't think you're a lawyer at all. Time to pick up your toys and go play inside.

  • frank.kistler.31 - 2012-09-19 06:38

    Ooh they gonna like u in Jail...u gonna get what is coming to you!!! piece of scum!!!

  • clive.hall.714 - 2012-09-19 06:47

    This vile creature should be put away for ever in solitary confinement and on hard labour. The law has not protected the women he raped and murdered.

  • marc.rule - 2012-09-19 07:09

    This thing is beyond a MONSTER and has to be put down like one.

  • ndivhuwo.mudau.182 - 2012-09-19 07:19

    Hezwi ndi vhudabadaba ari imi nazo hezo

  • judy.judge.73 - 2012-09-19 07:23

    My curse upon this scumbag is that he is raped until he has full blown AIDS

  • richard.barrett.739 - 2012-09-19 07:40

    rot yor filthy man and i hope you get raped daily , breakfast lunch and supper

  • - 2012-09-19 07:58

    "Not to give lengthy sentences"?? WTF !!! He is GUILTY !! And you as his lawyer should join him for you lack of heart as he done all the cruel things !!! Yabampotye!!

      merven.halo - 2012-09-19 11:34

      Yes, his sentence should be short, about two months on death row and then a quick drop.

  • coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-09-19 08:27

    The first thing this sick animal will hear in jail is: " You have a pretty mouth".

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-19 08:29

    Your seat in hell is waiting for you filthy murdering bastard!

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-09-19 09:09

    Spred em and grease em Steyn!!!! Once the well hung Bubba from cell block "B" is finished with you, you are changing your name from "Jaco" to "Jacqueline".

  • eleanor.dustan - 2012-09-19 09:16

    when is this goverment going to bring back the death sentence. criminals are not scared of prison , they get to educate themselves and have reduced sentences for good behaviour.death sentence will reduced crime is has been proved in the past.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-19 09:47

    His wife knew what he was doing and did nothing to stop him, she should be on trial next as she assisted him in these terrible deeds. They should both get the death sentence.

  • Lee.CPT.ZA - 2012-09-19 10:18

    Rape is not a sexual crime. It is a crime of violence. How can a rape not be "excessively violent"? Is that not punishing a victim for co-operating? That is just wrong and incomprehensible.

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-09-19 10:18

    The victims must just Torture him until he like kills himself.

  • robyn.prevost - 2012-09-19 10:20


  • pepedegoede - 2012-09-19 13:04

    Stop die Prokureurs om Verkragters te help. Hy het geweet wat hy doen toe hy verkrag het. Laat die gemors homself verdedig.

  • Jo.Davies123 - 2012-09-19 14:02

    @Johanwhk. I agree that everyone is entitled to their defence, but I think that this lawyer could have used different words. An "unviolent" rape, or a rape where there is "no excessive violence" is a myth.

  • Jo.Davies123 - 2012-09-19 15:15

    EWN has reported that The Monster has received 5 life terms...

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