'Sunday Rapist' breaks down in court

Johannes Steyn, dubbed the Sunday Rapist, in court. Picture: Andrea van Wyk/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The alleged ‘Sunday rapist’ on Wednesday broke down on the stand while testifying about a prostitute he claimed he slept with on the day of Roodepoort teenager Louise de Waal's murder.

Johannes Steyn faces a total of 37 charges, which include two of murder and 11 of rape at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court.

Steyn started crying as state prosecutor Carina Coetzee questioned him about his movements on the day of de Waal's murder.

The alleged rapist said he took a prostitute home, but unlike previous times, he used his bedroom instead of his lounge.

Steyn said up until then, he respected his marital bed.

Earlier, he told the court he was unable to get in touch with his alibis, which included a prostitute and friends with car problems.

He told the court he could not remember their names and said others refused to testify because of the media.

Judge Sita Kolbe told Steyn the court had powers to issue a subpoena at his request, but he declined the offer.

In October 2011, Steyn handed himself over to police in Margate just a day after de Waal’s body was recovered on a Magaliesburg farm, with forensic evidence revealing she was burnt alive.

Steyn also confessed to watching child pornography, but dismissed suggestions it made him sexually assault teenage girls.

His alleged victims were raped in Gauteng and the North West between 2008 and 2011, with most attacks taking place on Sundays.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)