‘Sunday rapist’ trial continues

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sunday rapist INLSA (File photo) Sunday rapist Johannes Jacobus Steyn. Photo: Mujahid Safodien


Johannesburg - The trial of Johannes Jacobus Steyn, dubbed the “Sunday rapist”, resumed on Monday in the High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton.

A forensic cellphone expert from Vodacom testified on the GPS co-ordinates of a cellphone registered in Steyn's name.

The phone was linked to the locations where his alleged victims were attacked.

When questioned on the cellphone towers' accuracy in determining location, Petrus Prinsloo said it could not be out by more than 100m.

“The percentage will be very small.”

Similar evidence was heard at Steyn's last appearance.

Steyn is charged with two counts of murder, 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 pleaded not guilty to all 37 charges against him.

The murder charges relate to the deaths of schoolgirls Louise de Waal and Lazanne Farmer.

Seven of his alleged victims had testified so far. Most were aged between 15 and 18 when he allegedly forced them into his bakkie at gunpoint on Sunday mornings between 2008 and 2011, drove off with them, and raped or sexually assaulted them.

Two more victims, aged 11 and 14, were expected to testify. - Sapa

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