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De Jager guilty of rape, murders

Judge Chuma Cossie delivered her verdict in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Johannes de Jager in court on 25 February 2014. de Jager has denied murdering 16 year-old Charmaine Mare but has admitted to dismembering her in Kraaifontein in 2013. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – Double murder accused Johannes de Jager has been found guilty of raping and murdering a young sex worker back in 2008.

Judgment was handed down in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old killed prostitute Hiltina Alexander by strangling her to death after picking her up along Voortrekker Road.

De Jager was also found guilty of murdering 16-year-old Mpumalanga teenager Charmaine Mare in Kraaifontein last year.

His former girlfriend and her daughter, who was Mare's friend, had left her in his care while they went on holiday.

Today they both stormed out of the court shortly after de Jager was found guilty.

De Jager had claimed throughout the court case Mare’s death had been an accident. He dismembered the young girl’s body after she allegedly hit her head and lost consciousness.

He then set her body alight and dumped parts of it on a field along the N2.

He looked straight ahead as Judge Chuma Cossie delivered her verdict.

Alexander’s mother, Zenobia Solomon, was emotional as she stared at de Jager during proceedings.

Alexander’s body was found in a field near Atlantis in 2008.

De Jager initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, claiming he had taken the sex worker to a man he had met at a bar earlier, known as ‘Johan’.

He claims he left her with Johan at a flat.

De Jager was however unable to provide any evidence that could be used to trace the man.

Cossie proclaimed it was highly improbable that Johan ever existed.

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