EXCLUSIVE: Wife of ‘Sunday Rapist’ talks

Melanie Steyn, wife of the alleged Sunday rapist, Jaco Steyn talks to Hanlie Retief of Rapport newspaper. Jaco Steyn is being accused of being a serial rapist and that he raped and killed Louise de Waal. He earlier gave himself up to the Police and confessed that he is the Sunday rapist.
In South Africa this is a very high profile case at the moment. Very difficult shoot, as the wife did not want to be identified and she hasn’t spoken to any other media.

Johannesburg – “Sunday rapist” Johannes Jacobus Steyn reportedly raped and killed Roodepoort schoolgirl Louise de Waal while his wife was at work and his son was at school.


These details were contained in a signed confession made by Steyn, Beeld reported on Tuesday.


Steyn, 35, confessed to being the “Sunday rapist” before a magistrate in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Friday.


He allegedly raped a number of young girls in Gauteng and the North West, mostly on Sundays, since 2008.


Raped at his home


His last victim was said to have been De Waal, who was abducted, raped and murdered last week.


According to the newspaper, Steyn allegedly raped de Waal in his home in the affluent suburb of Wilropark, in Roodepoort.


At the time, his wife was at work and their 6-year-old son was at school.


After committing the crime, he apparently called someone from his church and some friends.


He then got into his gold Mercedes-Benz and fled to Margate, on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, where he eventually handed himself over to the police.


It was reported that he had planned to commit suicide.


Child porn


According to the report, police found child pornography on Steyn’s computer. He had also burnt caps and wigs, which he used to disguise himself, as well as dildos [sex toys].


The Sunday rapist’s reign of terror apparently began in November 2008.


He allegedly struck again in June and November 2009 in Rustenburg and Potchefstroom.


He was suspected of raping a 16-year-old girl from Vanderbijlpark in February last year and another teenager in Rustenburg in March that year.


On August 15, he allegedly raped an 18-year-old girl, also in Potchefstroom.


Police believed that he was the man who kidnapped 14-year-old Lazanne Farmer and her 16-year-old friend in September.


Farmer died when she jumped from a moving car during the kidnapping.


Later that month, the “Sunday rapist” allegedly kidnapped and raped a 15-year-old girl in Carletonville and on October 31 last year he raped an 11-year-old girl in Krugersdorp.

13 rape charges



Steyn faces 13 charges of rape, 10 of kidnapping, one of murder and six of sexual assault.


The matter has been postponed until December 13 for further investigation. The State has applied for all the charges against him to be centralised.


According to the Beeld, when he appeared in court on Monday, Steyn was wearing the same clothes he wore when he abducted, raped and killed de Waal.


The court has ruled that photographs of Steyn may not be displayed in a manner that could show his identity, as an identity parade might be needed at a later stage.


Steyn’s colleagues at Burger Ceiling and Partitioning Distributors were receiving counselling organised by their employer, the newspaper reported.

- SAPA

Johannesburg – The man accused of killing Roodepoort schoolgirl Louise de Waal has confessed to being the “Sunday rapist”, police said on Monday.


“Johannes Jacobus Steyn confessed before a magistrate in Krugersdorp on Friday,” Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou told reporters outside the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court.


“He confessed to being the so-called Sunday Rapist, but not to being De Waal’s murderer”, he said.


Steyn had allegedly raped a number of young girls in Gauteng and the North West, mostly on Sundays, since 2008.


“As you all know, the modus operandi was the same in all these rapes. He wore a wig, sunglasses and a cap. He confessed to that.”


Steyn covered his face with a jacket as he entered the courtroom on Monday.


He quickly sat down and buried his head between his legs. He continued covering his head as the charges were read to him.


Steyn faces 13 charges of rape, 10 of kidnapping, one of murder and six of sexual assault.


The case was postponed to December 13 for further investigation.


The court ruled that photographs of Steyn may not be displayed in a manner that could show his identity, as an identity parade might be needed at a later stage.


Steyn allegedly abducted De Waal in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, nearly a week ago. She would have turned 17 at the weekend.


A burnt body, believed to be hers, was found on a farm in Magaliesburg later the same day.


Steyn handed himself over at the Margate police station in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday morning.


Two cases of kidnapping he allegedly committed in Rustenburg and Potchefstroom in the North West province, would also be heard at the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court.


This was after the State applied for all cases against him to be centralised.


Outside the court, a lone poster strung around a refuse bin read: “Hang the bliksem.”

- SAPA

The full story (Afrikaans) :
http://www.rapport.co.za/Rubrieke/HanlieRetief/Hanlie-gesels-met-Melanie-Steyn-20111030

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