'Sunday Rapist' being victimised - lawyer

2012-07-23 22:36

Johannesburg - A judge on Monday allowed Johannes Jacobus Steyn, dubbed the "Sunday Rapist", to be moved to a single cell after his lawyer claimed he was being victimised.

The State objected to lawyer Anton Lerm's request,  saying cellphones had been found in Steyn's possession and it was concerned about the intimidation of witnesses, but Judge Sita Kolbe allowed him to be moved.

Kolbe asked prison authorities to remove him from the cell he currently shared with three other prisoners and to hold him in a single cell for the night.

The trial, which has been moved to the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court from the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, while renovations are done, was postponed until Tuesday morning.

Earlier on Monday, Steyn pleaded not guilty to all 37 charges against him. The 36-year-old appeared calm and held an Afrikaans Bible as the charges were read out. He answered "not guilty" to each of them.

Steyn has been charged with the murders of Louise De Waal and 14-year-old 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 aged between 11 and 18.

Kolbe initially ruled that no pictures or videos of Steyn or his alleged victims could be taken during the trial.

However, when Steyn later withdrew his objection, Kolbe ruled that photographs and videos would be allowed as long as the identities of minor witnesses were respected.

Supporters of De Waal and Farmer were in court. They wore badges showing De Waal's face, and white ribbons.

Farmer, of Elandspoort in Pretoria, was kidnapped in September 2010 by a man in a bakkie.

She was killed when she jumped out of the bakkie in an attempt to escape.

Police said Steyn had confessed to being the "Sunday rapist", but not to killing De Waal. He has allegedly raped a number of young girls in Gauteng and the North West, mostly on Sundays, since 2008.

Threatened to shoot

A friend of de Waal tearfully testified how the death had changed her life.

"My best friend was taken from me," the now 18-year-old told the South Gauteng High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton.

"I will never forget the guy who did it. I will never forget his face," she said, crying.

Judge Kolbe has ordered that the girl, who was with De Waal when she was kidnapped, not be named, as she was a minor at the time.

Steyn allegedly abducted De Waal in October last year, while she was on her way to school in Roodepoort. It was just before her 17th birthday. Her burnt body was found on a Magaliesberg farm later that day.

Steyn handed himself over at the Margate police station in KwaZulu-Natal the next day.

The girl who testified on Monday identified a pair of earrings and a belly ring belonging to De Waal.

Asked to explain the events leading up to her friend's kidnapping, she told the court a silver bakkie drove past them a few times while they were walking to school, which had made her uneasy.

The bakkie made a U-turn and stopped next to them.

"He jumped out of the bakkie and pointed a gun at us. He said Louise must get into the bakkie."

She said the man grabbed De Waal's arm and tried to pull her into the vehicle.

She held on to her friend's arm, but the man said he would shoot her if she did not let go.

"He pulled her out of my hands," she said wiping tears from her face.


De Waal's mother, Shereen, was visibly upset before taking to the stand.

Asked to identify the contents of her daughter's school bag, she shook and sobbed, and pressed the photographs to her chest.

A tenant who lived on Steyn's property at the time of De Waal's murder, Hermanus Mulder, said he saw a woman in the car with Steyn on the day of the murder.

He too became emotional when he explained how the police who searched Steyn's bakkie had opened rubbish bin bags and found the teenager's school bag.

"Dis daai bliksem [It's that scoundrel]," he shouted with tears in his eyes, pointing at Steyn.

It was put to Mulder that the bag could have been thrown over the wall, but he said it was impossible, considering where it was on the back of the bakkie.

As Mulder left the stand, he cursed Steyn under his breath, ignoring pleas by family members to desist.

"Jou bliksemse skelm [You bloody crook]," he said.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-24 00:58

    Bring back the death penalty.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-24 02:09

      Why did he think he will not be victimised considering the offences committed. I believe he will eventually be raped to death in jail.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-24 07:10

      Shocking. Poor little rapist is a victim. Perhaps he will just start to realize the pain he caused others.

      cecilhstephens - 2012-07-24 07:28

      This Mother F#*^$R will get it in jail and he deserves it. It needs to take a long time and many nights of pleasure for the inmates

      breinlekkasie.dodelikegif - 2012-07-24 07:43

      No, keep him in jail where he can become someone's bitch!

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-07-24 07:54

      I hope this guy becomes the prison bicycle. Everyone must get to ride him. And no, I dont want the death penalty for this scum. The death penalty wont be justice. Getting raped by every thats sweet justice for this piece of $h!t

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-07-24 03:38

    lol bloody unbelievable...what the

  • Erna - 2012-07-24 06:10

    He deserves every little bit of discomfort he gets. Make it as uncomfortable for him as he made it for his victims.

  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-07-24 06:34

    I just find it quite laughable. All these cases coming to court are a joke. The accused felt no remorse what so ever. They knew the difference between right and wrong and now they accused are the so called victims or they get parole because they suddendly fell ill or have a mental condition. No wonder it is so easy to get away with any crime in SA

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-24 06:46

    Ah shame, he wants mercy. At least we know he'll get what's coming to him in jail.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-07-24 06:53

    poor diddums, he took a bally life and for what, does this 'person' expect to be wrapped in cotton wool, he deserves all he get and more.

  • katlegojones.malemela - 2012-07-24 06:55

    Victimised? Bloody agent, shouldn't he in an over-crowded holding cell so that he can properly be victimised? Clearly, that's bull! He should be having 1st hand experience of Rape and he deserves it! An innocent life was snuffed by a low-life!! #hang the pig after he has been properly victimised!!

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-07-24 06:58

    One good thing jail hes going to get what hes been dishing out to others the past few years....i hope he enjoys it...

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-24 14:24

      I always say TO EARN RESPECT YOU HAVE TO GIVE RESPECT. HE does NOT deserve anybody's respect. How did this......... There is no name for him, grow up ? What was his childhood like ? Did he maybe break his sister`s dolls, or do something to the animals they had ? We as the listeners and readers would like to have answers. WHY AND WHAT ?

  • thandazab - 2012-07-24 07:01

    A CRIMINAL being VICTIMISED! WT... He should be put in a cell with ppl like him. Who will taunt him n do all the things he did to the victims. N the judge actually listened to that nonsense. A person who has been accused of raping one woman could be given a benefit of the doubt! Bt more than 30!! He does not have any rights whatsover.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-24 07:06

    So he goes around and rape women, but gets special treatment cause he is being victimised.....WOW!!

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-24 07:13

    well my friend, get used to it, prisoners in general think very little of rapists, you gonna have a lovely time if you even survive prison, the other inmates will probably kill you. noone likes a rapist, not even a murderer, cos they have moms and sisters and daughters too you know.

  • Koos - 2012-07-24 07:34

    NO! He should not be "victimized". He should be SHOT or hanged upside down till he is DEAD!

  • Eugene Prinsloo - 2012-07-24 08:14

    Death Penalty enough said

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-24 14:29

      Why does ZUMA not listen ? YES bring the death penalty back for crimes like these. In a few years he will also get a PRESIDENT`S PARDON and then what ? He will look up all the victims and then just do it again.

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-07-24 08:32

    I say this all the time, leave a rapist alone in a room with 20 woman that have been rape, when we are done with him, he will BEG the courts to give him the deathy penalty, we will have NO MERCY on him.

  • Frankly - 2012-07-24 09:00

    Getting really tired of hearing of the "poor criminals"! They did the crime, so let them do the time! Why oh why do criminals get special treatment? Why? That is one of the reasons this country is going down the drain, because criminals have so many rights. They give up their rights when they kill/steal/rape etc. That is the whole purpose of punishment, that they lose all rights as a free citizen. I'm really f'd off reading s*it like this!

  • Michelle - 2012-07-24 09:23

    Shampies... typical of a man who rapes and kills children! In actual fact he is a big bangbroek!

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-24 10:00

    Keep him the cell with the 7 other rapists, one for each day!! Yes Steyn, if you can dish it out, then you must be able to take it!! You get what you give!!! How can these people say he is being victimised? What the hell do they think he did to those girls? Those girls were the REAL victims, not this excuse for a human being!!! Bring back the death penalty!

  • jody.beggs - 2012-07-24 10:55

    Another xian headed for heaven , thank you jebus .. Damn the man.

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-07-24 12:30

      I am a Christian - and I find Bible bashing, like this sub-human is doing, disgusting.

      jody.beggs - 2012-07-24 16:35

      @fanie.gerber1972 - and what about killing atheist , gays , rape survivors and lying children , is that moral to you ? If not please quote the buy bull. Damn the man.

  • tshepiso2008 - 2012-07-24 11:45

    This Guy must be thrown at the Lions in Kruger National Park.

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-07-24 12:30

      ag nee sies man - the poor Lions!

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-24 14:33

      Se ek ook, Fanie !!

  • amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-24 14:17

    VICTIMISED !!!Excuse me, now you know how it feels to be shuffed around, now you are afraid for your life.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-24 16:29

    Hang this piece of filth...he deserves to suffer every moment for the rest of his life.

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