'Sunday Rapist' fails to call witnesses

Johannes Steyn refused to call any alibis to testify in his defence in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The alleged 'Sunday Rapist' on Wednesday refused to call any alibis to testify in his defence.

Johannes Steyn spent a third day on the stand testifying in his own defence at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court.

He pleaded not guilty to 37 charges, including two murders and 11 of rape.

Steyn told the court he was unable to call anyone to corroborate his claims.

He told the court he was unable to get in touch with witnesses, could not remember their names and others refused to testify because of the media.

Judge Sita Kolbe told him the court could issue a subpoena at his request.

Steyn replied that he does not want to force anyone to help him against their will.

Over the past two days, he received a grilling from Prosecutor Carina Coetzee.

She asked Steyn why he had confessed to crimes he did not commit, as that amounted to obstruction of justice.

Coetzee said his actions would place more girls in danger.

The alleged rapist said this did not occur to him at the time and that he was forced to confess.

In October 2011, he handed himself over to Margate police, a day after one of his alleged murder victims was found.

Roodepoort teenager Loiuse de Waal's body was recovered on a Magaliesburg farm.

Forensic evidence revealed she was burnt alive.

Steyn also admitted that he watched child pornography, but denied it prompted him to 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.