Suspect pointed out last place visited, court hears

2013-11-18 20:27

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Cape Town – A rape and murder suspect pointed out a flat he visited with a prostitute who was later found dead, two police officers told the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Constables Estelle Lewies and Randal van der Westhuizen both testified that Johannes Christiaan de Jager, 48, directed them to the flat in Parow, Cape Town, in 2011.

He told them the flat belonged to the sister of a man known as Johan, who he had only met once, and that the address was the last place he saw 18-year-old prostitute Hiltina Alexander.

De Jager has pleaded not guilty to raping and killing Alexander in May 2008.

Her body was found next to the N7 highway in Philadelphia, near Atlantis on 19 May 2008.

His version was that he met Johan, picked up Alexander and brought her to the flat. He said he did not have sex with her but drank with Johan.

His memories were vague as a result of the drinking. He claimed he never saw the two again.

Lewies testified that she got the case docket in 2011 and was instructed by the Atlantis Regional Court prosecutor to follow up on where De Jager last saw the accused.

She, Van der Westhuizen and De Jager met at Elsies River police station. He got into her detective vehicle and directed them to the block of flats.

They took the lift up and De Jager pointed to a flat. They knocked on the door but no one was home, so they left.

Confusion over address

Sakkie Maartens said his client's version was that he could not remember the exact flat and had to walk down a floor using the stairs.

"He walked in front and said this is the address where he and Johan were... he didn't act confused or unsure of where the address was," Lewies replied.

Van der Westhuizen testified that he took over the docket from Lewies in January 2012.

The same month, he went back to the flats and knocked on the same door.

"I knocked at 402 and Mr Trevor Hayes opened up the door. I introduced myself to him and asked him questions," Van der Westhuizen said.

"Mr Hayes will say he's lived there for 16 years and doesn't know him [De Jager], Johan, or the sister. He stays alone."

Maartens questioned both officers about the two brothers, Colin and McNeil Jacobs, who were last with Alexander before her disappearance.

Statement changed

In their first statements, they said Alexander was picked up in a white bakkie in the late hours of Saturday 17 May 2008 and Sunday 18 May 2008.

This was later changed in a following statement to 18 May and 19 May 2008.

Maartens said the police docket contained statements from an organiser of the Voortrekker movement which showed that De Jager was attending a camp in Wemmershoek from that Friday until 16:00 that Sunday.

"Yes, I heard of that. He wasn't at the camp the entire weekend and I heard he confirmed he was at Johan's address," Lewies said.

De Jager has also pleaded not guilty to killing Charmaine Mare, 18, who spent her holiday with him and his girlfriend in Kraaifontein, Cape Town, in January this year.

He said she lost her balance, hit the rim of a bath and never regained consciousness. He panicked and hid her body in a drain.

He pleaded guilty to cutting off her limbs to fit the torso in the drain, and to dumping the limbs in separate areas.

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