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'Sunday Rapist' put balaclava on victim

2012-07-31 14:13

Johannesburg - An 18-year-old alleged victim of the 'Sunday Rapist' tearfully described her rape to the High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton, on Tuesday.

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

The court has ordered that she not be identified. She testified in camera.

During her testimony, the court adjourned for five minutes to allow her to compose herself.

11 counts of rape

The woman was giving evidence in the trial of Johannes Jacobus Steyn, who has been dubbed the "Sunday Rapist".

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.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The 11 girls Steyn allegedly attacked between 2008 and 2011 were aged between 11 and 18. The woman who testified on Tuesday was 16 at the time of the attack.

She told the court she was on her way back from a cafe in Vanderbijlpark in February 2010 when a bakkie stopped in front of her.

‘I can’t trust anyone’

Her disguised kidnapper pointed a gun at her and forced her into a white bakkie.

She told the court he pulled a balaclava over her head and drove her to an unknown location. He tied her hands to the passenger door's 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," she tearfully explained.

After raping her, the man threw her T-shirt and bra at her and told her to get dressed. He told her he would let her go, but she was allowed to remove the balaclava only when he was gone.

He then threw her out of the bakkie and drove off.

She ran to a nearby farm and was driven home by the owner.

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."

Comments
  • sueelen.vdwalt - 2012-07-31 14:53

    Why let all these people testify this man is a monster, just lock him up or give him a slow death penalty and get it over with.

      Giyani Thomas - 2012-07-31 15:03

      why waste states money in prosecuting this devil!! just sentence this guy to life imprisonement. he is danger to society.

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-07-31 15:07

      Unfortunately the state has to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he committed the crimes that he is accused of. If they don't he could very well walk free and do the same things to other innocent girls. When all if said and done the judge should have no option but to sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • desmond.leaner.5 - 2012-07-31 14:57

    Bring back the blady death penalty- Simple...these sort of violent crimes will decline and expel Zuma and the ANC and get a competent governemnt to run South Africa because we are heading down the drain with all the crime and organised crime, corruption and wildlife poaching!

  • desmond.leaner.5 - 2012-07-31 14:58

    might as well let him walk now. he's just going to waste tax payers money in jail for a few years and get early parole then go out and do it again. This country is moertoe, was doomed the moment the anc took over...the best thing anyone in this country can do is leave if you can afford to, leave and dont look back...

  • Giyani Thomas - 2012-07-31 15:05

    he must rot in jail.

  • matete.k.seshwene - 2012-07-31 15:30

    We have a weak legal system, it's way too soft on these bastards. He's watching the Olympics in prison now.

  • brian.wiggins.908 - 2012-07-31 15:42

    Pornography should be banned all over the world and the death penalty must be brought back. Not for this sick *%$@* as it would be an easy way out for him - He should be locked up for the rest of his miserable little life, where the inmates can make him their little prostitute and feel what it feels like to be raped and tortured. He is beyond sick in his mind.

      paslav.vojcek - 2012-07-31 15:58

      It is in his genetics to be so sick. There isn't a medicine that can fix him.

  • brian.wiggins.908 - 2012-07-31 15:43

    Pornography should be banned all over the world and the death penalty must be brought back. Not for this sick *%$@* as it would be an easy way out for him - He should be locked up for the rest of his miserable little life, where the inmates can make him their little prostitute and feel what it feels like to be raped and tortured. He is beyond sick in his mind.

  • clivegoss - 2012-07-31 15:51

    Hold the whole trail in camera then hang him promptly

  • helen.smuts.77 - 2012-07-31 15:57

    just tie his penis to a bakkie and floor it!!!

  • ntsieni1 - 2012-07-31 16:13

    I hope he is a boere seun

      drishworth - 2012-07-31 17:34

      ? WTF?

  • drishworth - 2012-07-31 17:32

    Why oh why did we ever get rid of the death penalty........

  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-07-31 17:56

    We bloody live in a sick and screwed up society!!!!!!!People are evil irrespective of colour....why do we have to turn everything into a racial debate????? We are also screwed up and stupid!!!!!!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-01 09:43

    Ooyes! Mr sunday rapist,'enjoy ur fame but be punished in shame.'

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