'Sunday Rapist' victim jumped to her death

2012-07-30 15:36

Johannesburg - A young woman recounted on Monday how her friend jumped to her death from a moving vehicle in a bid to escape the so-called "Sunday Rapist".

"She let go of my hand and jumped out of the bakkie," the 18-year-old told the High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton, on Monday.

The fleeing teenager Lazanne Farmer did not survive jumping from the vehicle.

Her friend, who was 16 at the time, was testifying in the trial of Johannes Jacobus (Jaco) Steyn, accused of murdering schoolgirls Louise de Waal and Farmer.

She gave evidence in camera.

"I wanted to jump out with Lazanne, but then he grabbed me and closed the door," said the young woman.

Did not slow down

"I thought she was going to get help. I thought she might have gotten hurt."

The two girls were kidnapped on 5 September 2010 in Pretoria.

The 18-year-old testified on how her disguised kidnapper did not slow down when Farmer leapt from the car.

"He said he thought we were going to have a threesome."

He drove her to a remote location and raped her. She explained how semen fell on the back of her T-shirt.


The man used a pocket knife to cut off that part of her shirt and blindfold her with it. This was later handed in as evidence.

"We drove to another place. He told me to get out. Take ten steps and count to ten. Then he sped off."

She ran to a nearby garage and was picked up by a couple who took her home. Her kidnapper kept her sandals and her bra.

Earlier, another alleged victim, a 16-year-old, also testified on how she was kidnapped, blindfolded, and sexually assaulted.

One other victim would testify on Monday.

Steyn is also charged on 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 against him.


When 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, especially, gave him courage.

He kept a bookmark with pictures of his wife and child on that page.

Relatives of Farmer were in court on Monday, and members of the family cried during the 16-year-old's testimony.

On Friday, an 11-year-old girl told the court, also in camera, that she was walking home from a shop to her house on 31 October 2010, when she was attacked.

Her kidnapper, disguised in sunglasses, a cap and a wig, drove her to a veld where he cut off her shirt with a pocket knife and molested her.

The girl testified in detail about the sexual assault.

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

  • lulama.nokubeni - 2012-07-30 15:49

    this man deserves the death penalty

      gideon.iii - 2012-07-30 16:54

      I agree, except with the man part. It's an animal, not a man.

  • john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-07-30 15:49

    must be tough in court but it will be to everyones benifit when this scum is sentenced to a million years behind bars, he is a real piece of Sh#t for doing this to his victims and i personally hope the guys in jail get him and he dies a slow and painful death.

  • magomarele - 2012-07-30 16:01

    This guy is a savage.

  • manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-30 16:10

    Ok I thought his reference to the bible was creepy. So I looked up psalm 43: It reads (King James version) Psalm 43 1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man. 2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. 4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God. 5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. So what is this man trying to say? That he's not guilty?

      ciaran.bates.3 - 2012-07-30 16:20

      It saddens me that these guys use the bible for courage yet cannot tell the truth. They give Christianity a bad name. If he was true to the word he would seek forgiveness from his victims and make amends.

      Shaun - 2012-07-30 16:25

      @ciaran, tell me if one of his victims were your daughter, how full of 'forgiveness' would you be?

      brenda.yelvertonburns - 2012-07-30 19:00

      How can a dead person give you forgiveness? And how dare he expect that their families should forgive him. There is NO forgiveness for this level of brutality and savagery.

  • ciaran.bates.3 - 2012-07-30 16:18

    If he finds courage through faith, surely the first part of being faithfull is being truthful? It concerns me as a Christian that he can find courage in the bible yet cannot tell the truth.

      manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-30 16:21

      Good observation.

  • jody.beggs - 2012-07-30 16:21

    Can anyone explain how this guy can get into heaven ?

      manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-30 16:31

      By God's mercy.

      paslav.vojcek - 2012-07-30 16:36

      John 3:16

      Trent Hodges - 2012-07-30 16:43

      Matt 18:6

      jody.beggs - 2012-07-30 17:05

      @manu.dibango.96 does gods mercy include forcing virgin rape survivors to marry their rapist. But if its that easy to get to heaven , f#$% it. @paslav.vojcek giving hope to the hopeless , except what about the victim , god save's the perpetrator but the victim lives with the scare's. Does god favor the wicked in this life so much that its ok to sin against the weak. @Trent Hodges "But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." How did the rape survivor sin ? @gideon.iii "Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass" not relevant but I like ... So I'm still not clear on this , can monsters still make it to heaven !

  • Beautty Tobela - 2012-07-30 16:34

    this guy doesn't have a Heart how can he do something like this n still have the courage to plead not guilty?!!!

  • paslav.vojcek - 2012-07-30 16:37

    This is most awful - for a white man to be doing this sort of thing. Very very bad and unexpected.

      Shaun - 2012-07-30 16:40

      For any man you mean

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-07-30 16:42

    The fleeing teenager Lazanne Farmer did not survive jumping from the vehicle. “He said he thought we were going to have a threesome."………His sense of humour and other quirks including some contemptuous remarks made by him in the court just goes to show how demented this character is. He needs to pay and pay dearly for his obvious disregard for the future psychological scars and traumas of these youngsters including that of his own family. His displayed character does not in my mind deserve any form of leniency as reading stories like this only moves me to believe strongly in the re-instatement of the death penalty. R.I.P Lazanne and to the other girls be strong as it is clear that this monster has had his day.

      Shaun - 2012-07-30 16:44

      I dont believe that the death penalty is enough to punish this 'thing'

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-07-30 16:44


  • manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-30 16:49

    News24 what the hell? Why did you remove my observation about this rapist being called the 'Sunday Rapist'? What was offensive about that observation? It was a perfectly valid observation. You like to sing and dance about freedom of speech but you are the forefront of unecessary censorship. You censored my comment ... why?

  • CORNHOLIO - 2012-07-30 17:44

    theys gonna shoot a whole lotta sugah up yo ass

  • CORNHOLIO - 2012-07-30 17:46

    yall gonna be a virtuoso on the skin flute

  • mrp721 - 2012-07-30 18:46

    The death penalty would be too good for this savage, why want the death penalty for him, that is the easy way out, he won't even suffer like his victims, no, put him in solitary confinement for the rest of his natural life, no human contact whatsoever, just stick him in that cold cell & lose the key... That is more what he deserves!!!!

  • brenda.yelvertonburns - 2012-07-30 19:06

    In every media photo of this lunatic, he looks crazed. The same man who neighbours called ' a good man' and whose wife knew nothing of his sick doings. Can people really be that easily fooled, or do they see what suits them. I hope his remaining years are filled with fear, pain and anguish, and that he rots in hell for eternity.

  • Flip Switch - 2014-11-18 00:12

    kill him.

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