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20060907: Philippi serial killer goes on trial Cape Town Serial Killer News
Alleged Philippi serial killer and rapist Jimmy Maketta, 42, was handed a copy of a 54-charge indictment in the Wynberg magistrate's court on Wednesday. Maketta appeared before magistrate Hafiza Mohammed, who told him that he would appear in the Cape High Court on April 2. Maketta was first on the court roll and first in the dock on Wednesday. State prosecutor Nina Meyer, flanked by the investigating officers Detective Captains Jonathan Morris and Joe Dryden, told the court that the Directorate of Public Prosecutions had instructed Maketta to appear on the scheduled High Court date, and that he be given a copy of the indictment. Mohammed then asked Maketta: "Did you get a copy of the indictment? There are 54 charges against you. Can you see who the witnesses are?" Maketta, looking at his attorney Cheryl Horne, whispered "Yes" and showed no emotion. He faces 16 charges of murder, 23 of rape, three of attempted murder, one of robbery with aggravating circumstances, five of housebreaking, four of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, and two of kidnapping. After his alleged reign of terror on Philippi farms last year, Maketta was arrested in Constantia on December 20 by Morris, Inspector Roger Naude and Constable Cindy-Lee Oliver of the police provincial special task team after a tip-off.
 

20060731: Closure may be the only consolation for family members and loved ones of the many victims of Robert Cape Town Serial Killer News

The man charged with 61 alleged crimes on Philippi farms, including murder and rape, wants to consult with a sangoma because he claims he has heard a constant predator-like noise in his stomach.

Jimmy Maketta, 42, made his request known in the Wynberg magistrate's court on Friday before magistrate Hafiza Mohammed.

According to a psychiatric observation report from Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital recently handed to Mohammed, the accused said he felt like a lion or tiger and heard voices after watching wildlife television programmes at the time of the crimes.

However, the report stated that he was fit to stand trial on the charges after having spent 30 days in the psychiatric hospital.

State Advocate Deidré Rossouw told the court she and her colleagues were still awaiting a letter from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

DPP deputy director Nollie Niehaus was on annual leave and expected to sign and forward the letter to the Wynberg court this week, authorising that Maketta face a trial in the Cape High Court later this year.

The charge sheet could still change, depending on the DPP.

Earlier this year, the charge sheet showed Maketta faced 13 charges of murder, three of attempted murder, 22 of rape, one of robbery with aggravating circumstances, five of housebreaking, four of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, and two charges of kidnapping.

It now shows 16 murders and 30 rapes, in addition to the other charges.

On request from Rossouw, Mohammed postponed the case to September.

Attorney Cheryl Horne, of the Legal Aid Board, represented Maketta on Friday.

 

20060120: Jesus killer suspect faces 50 charges Philippi Serial Killer News

A hush fell over the public gallery in the Wynberg magistrate's court as a state advocate revealed that suspected serial killer Jimmy Maketta would face 50 charges.

Some gasped and clutched their faces in horror when they heard this on Thursday. Even Wynberg chief magistrate Andre van Reenen was surprised, saying: "50 charges?"

State advocate Deidre Rossouw confirmed what she had said. But Maketta, 41, who made his fourth court appearance, appeared unfazed. Clean-shaven and dressed in blue trousers and a purple checked shirt, he stood motionless and stared straight ahead.

Rossouw said that on February 2, Maketta would point out more crime scenes in Grabouw, Claremont and Constantia, meaning that the charge sheet could swell.

Maketta had already taken the detectives to crime scenes in the Philippi farmland area last week, she said.

His attorney, John Vrieslaar, told the court that Maketta had abandoned his bail application, which was scheduled for Thursday.

Rossouw added that at Maketta's next court appearance, he would be sent for observation to a city psychiatric institution.

Maketta, heavily chained, was guarded closely on Thursday and escorted into the court building through a back entrance by investigators Captain Jonathan Morris, Inspector Roger Naude and Constable Cindy-Lee Oliver.

The detectives then took Maketta to a district surgeon inside the building where he was examined, according to court procedures.

Maketta faces 13 charges of murder, three of attempted murder, 22 of rape, one of robbery with aggravating circumstances, five of house-breaking, four of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and two of kidnapping.

The court was also packed with senior officers of the department of correctional services on Thursday.

They were armed with an arrest warrant, related to a serious assault case for which Maketta had been sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment in the Grabouw magistrate's court in 2003. He served part of the prison sentence before being released on parole.

He was arrested last month in connection with a string of murders, rapes and other crimes on Philippi farmlands.

The department's aim on Thursday was to arrest Maketta if he was granted bail, which was highly unlikely.

According to a senior correctional services officer, they could only serve the arrest warrant once the entire investigation regarding the Philippi charges was completed.

Vrieslaar agreed with Rossouw that Van Reenen should postpone the case to February 7.

Vrieslaar also agreed that Maketta would be remanded at the Goodwood prison until his next appearance.

 

20060119: Alleged serial killer in court Philippi Serial Killer News

An alleged serial killer and rapist now faces 50 charges and more are likely to be added, the Wynberg Magistrate's Court in Cape Town heard on Thursday.

The 41-year-old man, suspected of waging a reign of terror in the Philippi shack settlements on the Cape Flats, made his fifth court appearance before Wynberg Chief Magistrate Jaco Van Reenen.

The man had the word "Jesus" tattooed on his upper lip, according to some witnesses.

Senior Prosecutor Deidre Roussouw told the court that the State would request the suspect be sent to a psychiatric hospital for observation when he next appears in court on February 7.

She said he had also agreed to accompany the police on a "pointing-out parade" on February 2 when he would take investigators to the numerous crime scenes.

Roussow said the man faced 22 rape charges, 13 murder, five of housebreaking, four of serious assault, three of attempted murder, two of kidnapping and one of aggravated armed robbery.

More charges may follow after the pointing-out session, she said.

The suspect's lawyer, John Vrieslaar, confirmed to the court that his intended bail application had been abandoned.

 

20060119: "Jesus killer" facing 50 raps Philippi Serial Killer News
An alleged serial killer and rapist now faces 50 charges, and more are likely to be added, Wynberg magistrate's court in Cape Town heard on Thursday.

The 41-year-old man, suspected of waging a reign of terror in the Philippi shack settlements on the Cape Flats, made his fifth court appearance before Wynberg chief magistrate Jaco van Reenen.

The man had the word "Jesus" tattooed on his upper lip, according to some witnesses.

Senior prosecutor Deidre Roussouw told the court the State would ask for the suspect to be sent to a psychiatric hospital for observation when he next appeared in court on February 7.

She said he also had agreed to accompany the police on a "pointing-out parade" on February 2 when he would take investigators to numerous crime scenes.

Roussow said the man faced 22 rape charges, 13 murder, five of housebreaking, four of serious assault, three of attempted murder, two of kidnapping and one of aggravated armed robbery.

More charges may follow after the pointing-out session, she said.

The suspect's lawyer, John Vrieslaar, confirmed to the court that his intended bail application had been abandoned.

 

20060112: Positive ID of alleged serial killer Philippi Serial Killer News

The man arrested as the suspected “Jesus” serial murderer and rapist of the farm areas of Philippi was positively identified during an identity parade.

The thin man aged about 41 years old recently appeared in the Wynberg magistrate’s court for the first time without his usual dark pink balaclava. He was neatly dressed and has a large moustache.

In court he calmly sat on a chair at the bottom of the court steps before his case was called. In the dock he sat staring ahead of him in silence. He is presently appearing on four charges of murder and two of rape.

He has not yet entered a plea and his name may therefore according to law not be made public.

It has been learnt that more than ten murder charges are being investigated and that these will later be added to the charge sheet.

The man has identified several alleged scenes where murders are said to have been committed to investigators. These are all in the country areas around Philippi. An identity parade was also held recently.

Three women identified the man as the alleged Philippi serial murderer and rapist.

State prosecutor Thinus Groenewald asked for postponement of the case with a view for further investigation. He said the state was ready for a bail application and would oppose it.

The legal representative of the accused, John Vrieslaar , said he had been informed before the hearing that the state would apply for a direct jail sentence as the accused was on bail at the time of the alleged crimes and had transgressed the conditions of bail.

Groenewald said the state would indeed submit such an application, but that it would only be done after further identifications, “because it would be difficult for the investigating team to arrange for identifications if the accused is serving time in Pollsmoor”.

Vrieslaar said such an application would have to be submitted at Grabouw because the case for which the accused had received bail, was heard by that court.

According to Vrieslaar the state’s reluctance to submit such an application was hindering and adversely affecting his client’s plans for a bail application, “because it would be unnecessary to ask for bail while the accused was serving time for breaking parole”.

The magistrate, Ms Marietjie van Eeden, said the state had the right to submit such an application, while the accused also had the right to apply for bail.

She postponed the case to 19 January.

 

20060109: Alleged serial killer breached condition Philippi Serial Killer News
The suspected Philippi serial killer and rapist, whose alleged reign of terror ended with his arrest last month, is now in a catch-22 situation, the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town heard on Thursday.
Jimmy Maketta, 41, was to have launched a bail application before magistrate Marietjie van Eeden on Thursday, but it has now been put off until January 19.
Senior public prosecutor Thinus Groenewald told the court Maketta had been jailed for assault by the Grabouw Magistrate’s Court, but had recently been released into correctional supervision for the remaining 18 months of his jail sentence.
Correctional supervision is a sentencing option in which a convicted person is released from prison prior to the completion of his sentence, but placed under house arrest for the remaining period.
This enables him to earn a living during the day, but confines him to his home after hours and during weekends and public holidays.
One of Maketta’s release conditions was no further clashes with the law for the remaining 18 months.
The murder and rape charges he now faces, allegedly perpetrated during the 18 months, amount to a breach of the conditions, Groenewald told the court.
He said Maketta would have to be transferred from the Bellville South police cells to Grabouw, where his outstanding 18-month jail sentence would be reinstated.
Groenewald said Maketta had been in custody at the Bellville South police cells for the convenience of the investigation team, but his transfer to Grabouw now meant detectives had to go to Grabouw to continue the investigation.
Defence attorney John Vrieslaar told the court he too had a dilemma -- Maketta would remain in jail for 18 months, regardless of the outcome of the bail application on the murder and rape charges.
This would defeat the very purpose of the bail application, he said.
The proceedings were postponed to January 19, when Groenewald would inform the court what had meanwhile transpired in the Grabouw case.
 

20051230: Suspected serial killer's hearing postponed Philippi Serial Killer News

The application for bail by the 41-year-old man arrested in connection with four murders and two rapes in the Philippi farming area in the Western Cape has been postponed to Thursday to allow investigators time to collect more information.

Prosecutor Deidre Rossouw said the man had pointed out scenes where the crimes allegedly took place.

Investigators expect to be shown other places next week where crimes may have taken place.

It is possible that the man will face additional murder charges when he next appears in court.

The man, standing tall in the dock, wore a maroon balaclava over his face on Thursday, as he had done before.

At his earlier appearance in court, magistrate Marietjie van Eeden granted the prosecution's request that he be allowed to wear the balaclava throughout the proceedings because members of the media were present.

He may not be named until he has pleaded.

As the man made his way into the court building on Thursday, his ankles were chained, but he was not as heavily guarded as at his first appearance.

He was dressed in a checked shirt and black jeans and hid his face behind a piece of paper carried in a plastic sleeve.

On his way down to the court holding cells, he faced the public gallery with the piece of paper he was carrying.

As he passed the gallery with the sheet of paper, the word "Jesus" could be seen on it.

The court was told that if the man was released on bail, there was a danger that he might interfere with state witnesses, possibly affecting the outcome of his trial.

The state alleged at an earlier court appearance that the man had interfered with a witness.

The bail hearing has been postponed to allow the state time to gather personal information about the man.

Philippi community leader Abe Fransman was present in court with a small group of farmworkers from the mostly rural area.

An identity parade is to be held next week.

The man is being held in custody at the Bellville South police station until his appearance in court on Thursday.

He is the second man to have been arrested in connection with the attacks. The first, 49 and from Philippi, was released after several weeks as he could not be linked positively to the crimes.

The man now in custody, homeless, unemployed and divorced, was arrested on a farm in Constantia. At the time of his arrest, he was being sought by correctional services for having broken his parole conditions relating to a conviction for serious assault.

Between October 20 and November 21, 14 farmworkers were murdered and nine women raped in the Philippi area.

After the attacks began, the murderer was dubbed the "Jesus killer" because he was believed to have a tattoo of the name "Jesus".

 

20051209: Suspected serial killer, rapist released Cape Town Serial Killer News
A 49-year-old man arrested in connection with murders and rapes on farms around Philippi in the Western Cape was released today. No evidence could link the man to the incidents, said Elliot Sinyangana, a police spokesperson. "He could however be re-arrested if new evidence emerges," he said.

The man had appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Monday and had been scheduled to appear again on Monday next week to apply for bail. He had allegedly called himself "Jesus".

While under arrest, police found him lying unresponsive in his cell one morning. They tried to wake him up, but he did not respond. He was taken to a local day hospital from where he was referred to Groote Schuur hospital. After an examination doctors declared him fit since they could not find anything wrong with him.

It was suspected that the man faked his condition to escape appearing in court. He was being held in Pollsmoor prison.
 

20051206: Cops make second arrest in serial killer hunt Philippi Serial Killer News

Police have arrested a second man in connection with the series of rapes and murders that have left the farmworkers of Philippi terrorised for months.

A police patrol in Philippi came under fire on Monday and police arrested a man.

He is likely to appear in the Wynberg magistrate's court on Wednesday.

At 12.30pm on Monday, a group of police officers on motorcycles were patrolling several farms in Philippi when three men opened fire on them. Police returned fire and the men fled, but one was captured.

Just after 2pm on Monday, the man arrested last week in connection with the Philippi killings appeared before Wynberg magistrate Marikie van Eeden. He had been expected to appear earlier, but court sources said the hearing was delayed after he tried to commit suicide in the Philippi police cells.

Police have denied this, but it is understood they booked him into Groote Schuur Hospital under the name Peter Cupido. He was first taken to a day hospital in Hanover Park where a doctor referred him to Groote Schuur Hospital for treatment.

When he appeared on Monday, he was surrounded by Captain Reynold Talmakkies and colleagues from the police special taskforce investigating the spate of rapes and murders in Philippi.

Van Eeden told him there were five rape charges against him "but there is a possibility that more charges will be added".

It is understood that the team seeking the Philippi serial rapist and murderer are taking statements from farmworkers this week.

Eleven murders, eight rapes and three attempted murder case dockets are being investigated. The man was represented in court by attorney Cheryl Horn of the Legal Aid Board.

Van Eeden postponed the case to Monday so that the detectives could investigate other charges.

Investigators indicated that they would oppose a bail application by the suspect.

The courtroom was packed to capacity for the man's 10-minute appearance.

People came from other courts and craned their necks to catch a glimpse of him.

 

20051205: Serial killer suspect tries to hang himself Cape Town Serial Killer News

The man arrested in connection with a spate of murders and rapes in the farmlands of Philippi tried to hang himself in a Philippi police cell on Sunday night.

The man, who was due to appear in the Wynberg magistrate's court on Monday, is now in Groote Schuur Hospital under police guard.

Shortly after 11pm on Sudnay night, the man was found lying on the floor of his cell by police officers. They had been alerted by other prisoners, who screamed from adjacent cells, according to a court orderly.

He had several injuries around his neck, head and face and a strip of cloth was found in a corner of the cell.

The man was arrested on Thursday on a Philippi farm where he is believed to have been hiding among farm workers during a police search.

He faces 11 charges of murder, three of attempted murder and eight charges of rape, all allegedly committed over several months in Philippi.

Two weeks ago, farmworkers said they were living in fear of a man with "Jesus" tattooed on his upper lip.

Police Captain Elliot Sinyangana declined to say whether the man they had in custody had such a tattoo.

Last Thursday police revealed that they wanted to question a man called Stanley Martens in connection with their investigation.

Martens had been convicted on eight burglary charges, served time in a Boland prison, and lived in the West Coast town of Vredenburg.

 

20051205: Alleged serial killer in court today Cape Town Serial Killer News

A 49-year-old man from Phillipi has appeared briefly at the Wynberg Magistrates Court today. The man was arrested in connection with eight murders and six rapes that took place in the Cape Peninsula between July and November this year.

The police say during their investigations, more arrests are likely. The onlookers packed the Wynberg Magistrate Court with the aim to see the man who called himself "Jesus" while arriving in court. The police say the accused killed mainly on weekends and is believed to have hacked his victims to death with an axe and some were thrown into the dams.

It is believed that about six women have been raped. He was arrested last Thursday. But his brother-in-law says the police have arrested the wrong man and he does not believe that he is involved in these cases. The police say the suspected serial killer is responsible for murders in the Phillipi area for the past six months. More than 14 investigators are working together on the investigation. The case has been postponed until December 12.

 

20051205: Alleged serial killer in court today Philippi Serial Killer News

A 49-year-old man from Phillipi has appeared briefly at the Wynberg Magistrates Court today. The man was arrested in connection with eight murders and six rapes that took place in the Cape Peninsula between July and November this year.

The police say during their investigations, more arrests are likely. The onlookers packed the Wynberg Magistrate Court with the aim to see the man who called himself "Jesus" while arriving in court. The police say the accused killed mainly on weekends and is believed to have hacked his victims to death with an axe and some were thrown into the dams.

It is believed that about six women have been raped. He was arrested last Thursday. But his brother-in-law says the police have arrested the wrong man and he does not believe that he is involved in these cases. The police say the suspected serial killer is responsible for murders in the Phillipi area for the past six months. More than 14 investigators are working together on the investigation. The case has been postponed until December 12.

 

20051205: Alleged serial killer in court today Philippi Serial Killer News
A 49-year-old man from Phillipi has appeared briefly at the Wynberg Magistrates Court today. The man was arrested in connection with eight murders and six rapes that took place in the Cape Peninsula between July and November this year. The police say during their investigations, more arrests are likely. The onlookers packed the Wynberg Magistrate Court with the aim to see the man who called himself "Jesus" while arriving in court. The police say the accused killed mainly on weekends and is believed to have hacked his victims to death with an axe and some were thrown into the dams. It is believed that about six women have been raped. He was arrested last Thursday. But his brother-in-law says the police have arrested the wrong man and he does not believe that he is involved in these cases. The police say the suspected serial killer is responsible for murders in the Phillipi area for the past six months. More than 14 investigators are working together on the investigation. The case has been postponed until December 12.
 

20051202: Cops nab serial killer suspect Cape Town Serial Killer News

A man suspected of being behind a string of murders and sexual attacks that has sowed fear in the small farming community at Philippi has been arrested.

This comes after eight murders were reported in the area in the past six weeks.

Last week two farm workers were found dead on a farm in the area.

At the same time a woman was raped. Farm workers have been too scared to be alone in their homes at night and spent nights together in groups during the killer's rampage.

Police said they were looking for a tall man of slender build and aged between 43 and 49 years who originally came from the Vredenburg area.

Police spokesperson Elliot Sinyangana said that at about 10am on Thursday a 49-year-old suspect was arrested in the area.

He confirmed the man was being held in connection with eight murders and six rape incidents that took place between July 30 and November 21.

"During the investigation various crime scenes were visited and police are convinced they have arrested the right person," said Sinyangana.

Police had earlier categorically denied they were looking for a serial killer following the most recent deaths on Geduld farm, but on Thursday their tune changed.

Sinyangana said after a thorough look into the crimes, the investigators established similarities in the method used.

"The police have done a lot of work in terms of investigative methods as well as... proactive visible policing in the Philippi area.

They appreciate the support and co-operation from that community," said Sinyangana.

On Wednesday police on foot were combing the open ground in Philippi, searching for the suspect. On Thursday he was found in a hiding place on one of the farms.

"We missed him on (Wednesday). But we found him on one of the farms in some kind of hideout. He was not where he lives or at home with his family. He was in a place where he was sure he wouldn't be found," said Sinyangana.

The suspect will appear in the Wynberg magistrate's court on Monday.

 

20051201: Police form taskforce to hunt "serial killer" Cape Town Serial Killer News

Is this the man who holds the key to solving at least eight murders, seven rapes and three attempted murders in the farmlands of Philippi?

The photograph released on Thursday by police hunting the serial killer shows Stanley Martens, who has served time at a Boland prison for burglaries and other crimes, and who lived in the West Coast town of Vredenburg.He has been described as tall and of slender build, and aged between 43 and 49.

On Wednesday a police taskforce formed to hunt down a man who has been terrorising farmworkers found what they believe is his hide-out on a Philippi farm.

The hand-picked unit has been working around the clock since Monday, and is closing in on the elusive killer.

He is allegedly responsible for the murders of at least 10 male farmworkers, the murder and rape of two women farmworkers, five other rapes and three attempted murders.

Police have seized a hammer believed to have been used to attack some of the victims.

On Wednesday at least five assault victims helped police compile an identikit. Several others agreed on Tuesday to take investigators to where they were attacked.

After an intensive search through Philippi farmlands, detectives found the alleged hide-out and a bag of personal documents and belongings.

The handwriting on some of the personal items seemed to match that on a note the killer left last month near Philippi’s sand-mining area, where the bodies of three farmworkers were found.

It also matched the scribbled notes the killer left on the walls of farmworkers’ houses. In one of these notes, he threatened a farmworker by name, and indicated he was coming for her because she “knew too much”.

The last note, attached to a thick patch of bush, gave directions to where the bodies could be found at the sand-mining spot.

Police said the man they believe is behind the crime orgy had spent four years in a Boland prison for burglaries. He was released on July 13, and the murders and rapes began on July 30.

They established that he had links with Piketberg and Vredenburg and in those towns they obtained addresses on the Cape Flats where he could be hiding.

The taskforce is pursuing links with the West Coast towns, and other police are hunting clues on the Cape Flats in general and the farmlands of Philippi in particular.

Meanwhile the police watchdog, the Independent Complaints Directorate, is keeping a close watch on the hunt.

This follows complaints by farmworkers that Philippi police had at first not taken their reports of a serial killer in the area seriously.

At first police did not believe one person was responsible, but now they have changed their view.

Western Cape police Captain Elliott Sinyangana said: “We have made it clear that the investigation has not shown any evidence of serial killing, though all possibilities and leads are being taken into serious consideration.

“After having focused on the investigation, we have established that there are similarities in the methods used by the alleged perpetrators.

“A project team has been assigned to investigate these cases.

“It is now clear that we are looking for one person who can be connected to at least eight murders that were committed over the last two months,” Singanyana said.

Police were looking for “a male person known as Stanley Martens, originally from the Vredenburg area”.

 

20051124: Serial killer leaves workers living in fear Cape Town Serial Killer News

A serial killer and rapist left a note with directions to the spot between a Philippi farm and a sand-mining area where he had murdered three farmworkers and then left their bodies lying there, say farmers and farmworkers.

Philippi's farming community believe that the wanted man has been responsible for 10 murders and six rapes over 12 months on and near farms in the area.

Early on Wednesday police arrested a man and held him for questioning, as they believed he could help them find the serial killer.

It is understood that the killer and rapist targeted couples working on farms and murdered the men so that he could rape their wives at knifepoint.

Five of the six women who were raped were between the ages of 60 and 70 years.

Farmers and farmworkers said the knifeman recently left the note attached to a bush where police could clearly see it. The note gave instructions to get to the three bodies.

Farmer Errol Ohlhoff said on Wednesday: "This man was daring by leaving a note behind so that the police could find the dead bodies.

"For the past eight weeks farmworkers have been seriously assaulted, while others were murdered on farms.

"There were four murders within two weeks here on the farms."

Two of these murders were committed on Saturday night. The body of Jennifer Petersen was found in a dam on Sunday and at a neighbouring farm, the blood-spattered body of Frans Barnshaw, 62, affectionately known as "Oom Frans", was found.

The body of a farmworker was found almost two weeks ago on the corner of Olieboom and Varkensvlei roads on a farm, while another farmworker's body was found in another farm's dam on Olieboom Road.

Farmworker Michael Durban told how he had an encounter with a man wielding a long stick on Saturday night, at about the time that Jennifer Petersen and Oom Frans were attacked.

"My wife and I were asleep when I heard a rattling noise at the window.

"I saw a stick being pushed from the outside through the burglar bars and removing the curtains.

"I shouted, jumped up, ran outside and was hit on my shoulder with the stick by a tall man.

"My dog attacked him, and I'm sure the man was probably bitten as he ran away."

Asked whether a serial killer was on the loose in the farming community, Ohlhoff said: "There is definitely a serial killer out there. All indications are pointing to that."

He told of how two of his workers - "Lucas and Goodman" - were murdered, and Lucas's 67-year-old wife assaulted and raped on his farm on October 28.

"When I arrived on the scene, the bodies of Lucas and Goodman were lying outside their farm home, and Lucas's wife was clutching her bloodied head," Ohlhoff said.

He said he was irritated with the police because he had asked them to match the fingerprints found at the scene to those found on a Wendy house which had been burgled on his farm several months ago, to check whether it was the same person responsible for the burglary and the double murders.

"But the police told me that they were still waiting on the fingerprint results, more than two weeks after the double murders," Ohlhoff said.

"I had to call the investigators several times, because they just never come and speak to me.

Farmworker Veronica Koopman said: "We think there's a serial killer out there, and this thought has caused fear and panic with farmworkers, men and women.

"The bodies we saw at the Koppies farm, and the other two near the sand-mining area were horrible murders. They were stabbed with either a knife or heavy, sharp object."

Farmer Martin Reinke said he had warned his workers to be on the lookout for any stranger loitering around at or near farms.

Farmers and farmworkers say the suspect could have been released from prison about a year ago, and might be hiding in one of four informal settlements in the Philippi farming area.

While the police are still tight-lipped about their apparent search for a serial killer and rapist, farmers like Ohlhoff have appointed a security company to control access to their farms.

About 30 farmers, and farmworkers living at the Egoli informal settlement, have begun walking patrols around as many farms as possible.

 

20051122: Serial killer "Jesus" claims 8 Philippi Serial Killer News
A suspected serial killer on the loose in Philippi, believed to be responsible for the deaths of six destitute farmworkers in the area, allegedly claimed two more victims at the weekend, Kaapse Son reported on Tuesday morning.

According to Son, police confirmed an elusive killer had struck at six farms in the area, committing murder and raping women.

Farmworkers said the word "Jesus" is tattooed on the suspect's upper lip and tears under his eyes. It's suspected "Jesus" has two accomplices but that he commits the murders himself.

"Jesus" allegedly writes letters to victims informing them of his intentions.

On one farm he apparently wrote in chalk on a farm wall where he'd strike next. In another instance, he left a letter at the scene, informing police where exactly the body could be found. A man's body was found at that location.

"We're fearing for our lives because many of us have received letters, telling us to sleep lightly. People are so scared they're moving out," said one farmworker.

Evil look in his eye

According to another worker, Michael Durban, he saw a man with a bloodied wooden pole on his shoulder wondering around in the area on Saturday night. The two men got involved in an altercation and the man ran away.

"I'm convinced it was the murderer because he had an evil look in his eye and fought as though he wanted to kill me," said Durban.

Another farmworker, Shelley van Niekerk, who was raped on Saturday night, said that although it had been dark, she could see the word "poes" written on her attacker's forehead. Her husband was killed during the attack. His body was found in the dam.

While police are denying a serial killer was responsible for the attacks, a detective confirmed this to Son on Monday.

According to farmers in the area, police aren't providing answers and they are considering offering a reward for the suspect's capture.

 

20060907: Philippi serial killer goes on trial Cape Town Serial Killer News
Alleged Philippi serial killer and rapist Jimmy Maketta, 42, was handed a copy of a 54-charge indictment in the Wynberg magistrate's court on Wednesday. Maketta appeared before magistrate Hafiza Mohammed, who told him that he would appear in the Cape High Court on April 2. Maketta was first on the court roll and first in the dock on Wednesday. State prosecutor Nina Meyer, flanked by the investigating officers Detective Captains Jonathan Morris and Joe Dryden, told the court that the Directorate of Public Prosecutions had instructed Maketta to appear on the scheduled High Court date, and that he be given a copy of the indictment. Mohammed then asked Maketta: "Did you get a copy of the indictment? There are 54 charges against you. Can you see who the witnesses are?" Maketta, looking at his attorney Cheryl Horne, whispered "Yes" and showed no emotion. He faces 16 charges of murder, 23 of rape, three of attempted murder, one of robbery with aggravating circumstances, five of housebreaking, four of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, and two of kidnapping. After his alleged reign of terror on Philippi farms last year, Maketta was arrested in Constantia on December 20 by Morris, Inspector Roger Naude and Constable Cindy-Lee Oliver of the police provincial special task team after a tip-off.
 

20060731: Closure may be the only consolation for family members and loved ones of the many victims of Robert Cape Town Serial Killer News

The man charged with 61 alleged crimes on Philippi farms, including murder and rape, wants to consult with a sangoma because he claims he has heard a constant predator-like noise in his stomach.

Jimmy Maketta, 42, made his request known in the Wynberg magistrate's court on Friday before magistrate Hafiza Mohammed.

According to a psychiatric observation report from Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital recently handed to Mohammed, the accused said he felt like a lion or tiger and heard voices after watching wildlife television programmes at the time of the crimes.

However, the report stated that he was fit to stand trial on the charges after having spent 30 days in the psychiatric hospital.

State Advocate Deidré Rossouw told the court she and her colleagues were still awaiting a letter from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

DPP deputy director Nollie Niehaus was on annual leave and expected to sign and forward the letter to the Wynberg court this week, authorising that Maketta face a trial in the Cape High Court later this year.

The charge sheet could still change, depending on the DPP.

Earlier this year, the charge sheet showed Maketta faced 13 charges of murder, three of attempted murder, 22 of rape, one of robbery with aggravating circumstances, five of housebreaking, four of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, and two charges of kidnapping.

It now shows 16 murders and 30 rapes, in addition to the other charges.

On request from Rossouw, Mohammed postponed the case to September.

Attorney Cheryl Horne, of the Legal Aid Board, represented Maketta on Friday.

 

20060120: Jesus killer suspect faces 50 charges Philippi Serial Killer News

A hush fell over the public gallery in the Wynberg magistrate's court as a state advocate revealed that suspected serial killer Jimmy Maketta would face 50 charges.

Some gasped and clutched their faces in horror when they heard this on Thursday. Even Wynberg chief magistrate Andre van Reenen was surprised, saying: "50 charges?"

State advocate Deidre Rossouw confirmed what she had said. But Maketta, 41, who made his fourth court appearance, appeared unfazed. Clean-shaven and dressed in blue trousers and a purple checked shirt, he stood motionless and stared straight ahead.

Rossouw said that on February 2, Maketta would point out more crime scenes in Grabouw, Claremont and Constantia, meaning that the charge sheet could swell.

Maketta had already taken the detectives to crime scenes in the Philippi farmland area last week, she said.

His attorney, John Vrieslaar, told the court that Maketta had abandoned his bail application, which was scheduled for Thursday.

Rossouw added that at Maketta's next court appearance, he would be sent for observation to a city psychiatric institution.

Maketta, heavily chained, was guarded closely on Thursday and escorted into the court building through a back entrance by investigators Captain Jonathan Morris, Inspector Roger Naude and Constable Cindy-Lee Oliver.

The detectives then took Maketta to a district surgeon inside the building where he was examined, according to court procedures.

Maketta faces 13 charges of murder, three of attempted murder, 22 of rape, one of robbery with aggravating circumstances, five of house-breaking, four of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and two of kidnapping.

The court was also packed with senior officers of the department of correctional services on Thursday.

They were armed with an arrest warrant, related to a serious assault case for which Maketta had been sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment in the Grabouw magistrate's court in 2003. He served part of the prison sentence before being released on parole.

He was arrested last month in connection with a string of murders, rapes and other crimes on Philippi farmlands.

The department's aim on Thursday was to arrest Maketta if he was granted bail, which was highly unlikely.

According to a senior correctional services officer, they could only serve the arrest warrant once the entire investigation regarding the Philippi charges was completed.

Vrieslaar agreed with Rossouw that Van Reenen should postpone the case to February 7.

Vrieslaar also agreed that Maketta would be remanded at the Goodwood prison until his next appearance.

 

20060119: Alleged serial killer in court Philippi Serial Killer News

An alleged serial killer and rapist now faces 50 charges and more are likely to be added, the Wynberg Magistrate's Court in Cape Town heard on Thursday.

The 41-year-old man, suspected of waging a reign of terror in the Philippi shack settlements on the Cape Flats, made his fifth court appearance before Wynberg Chief Magistrate Jaco Van Reenen.

The man had the word "Jesus" tattooed on his upper lip, according to some witnesses.

Senior Prosecutor Deidre Roussouw told the court that the State would request the suspect be sent to a psychiatric hospital for observation when he next appears in court on February 7.

She said he had also agreed to accompany the police on a "pointing-out parade" on February 2 when he would take investigators to the numerous crime scenes.

Roussow said the man faced 22 rape charges, 13 murder, five of housebreaking, four of serious assault, three of attempted murder, two of kidnapping and one of aggravated armed robbery.

More charges may follow after the pointing-out session, she said.

The suspect's lawyer, John Vrieslaar, confirmed to the court that his intended bail application had been abandoned.

 

20060119: "Jesus killer" facing 50 raps Philippi Serial Killer News
An alleged serial killer and rapist now faces 50 charges, and more are likely to be added, Wynberg magistrate's court in Cape Town heard on Thursday.

The 41-year-old man, suspected of waging a reign of terror in the Philippi shack settlements on the Cape Flats, made his fifth court appearance before Wynberg chief magistrate Jaco van Reenen.

The man had the word "Jesus" tattooed on his upper lip, according to some witnesses.

Senior prosecutor Deidre Roussouw told the court the State would ask for the suspect to be sent to a psychiatric hospital for observation when he next appeared in court on February 7.

She said he also had agreed to accompany the police on a "pointing-out parade" on February 2 when he would take investigators to numerous crime scenes.

Roussow said the man faced 22 rape charges, 13 murder, five of housebreaking, four of serious assault, three of attempted murder, two of kidnapping and one of aggravated armed robbery.

More charges may follow after the pointing-out session, she said.

The suspect's lawyer, John Vrieslaar, confirmed to the court that his intended bail application had been abandoned.

 

20060112: Positive ID of alleged serial killer Philippi Serial Killer News

The man arrested as the suspected “Jesus” serial murderer and rapist of the farm areas of Philippi was positively identified during an identity parade.

The thin man aged about 41 years old recently appeared in the Wynberg magistrate’s court for the first time without his usual dark pink balaclava. He was neatly dressed and has a large moustache.

In court he calmly sat on a chair at the bottom of the court steps before his case was called. In the dock he sat staring ahead of him in silence. He is presently appearing on four charges of murder and two of rape.

He has not yet entered a plea and his name may therefore according to law not be made public.

It has been learnt that more than ten murder charges are being investigated and that these will later be added to the charge sheet.

The man has identified several alleged scenes where murders are said to have been committed to investigators. These are all in the country areas around Philippi. An identity parade was also held recently.

Three women identified the man as the alleged Philippi serial murderer and rapist.

State prosecutor Thinus Groenewald asked for postponement of the case with a view for further investigation. He said the state was ready for a bail application and would oppose it.

The legal representative of the accused, John Vrieslaar , said he had been informed before the hearing that the state would apply for a direct jail sentence as the accused was on bail at the time of the alleged crimes and had transgressed the conditions of bail.

Groenewald said the state would indeed submit such an application, but that it would only be done after further identifications, “because it would be difficult for the investigating team to arrange for identifications if the accused is serving time in Pollsmoor”.

Vrieslaar said such an application would have to be submitted at Grabouw because the case for which the accused had received bail, was heard by that court.

According to Vrieslaar the state’s reluctance to submit such an application was hindering and adversely affecting his client’s plans for a bail application, “because it would be unnecessary to ask for bail while the accused was serving time for breaking parole”.

The magistrate, Ms Marietjie van Eeden, said the state had the right to submit such an application, while the accused also had the right to apply for bail.

She postponed the case to 19 January.

 

20060109: Alleged serial killer breached condition Philippi Serial Killer News
The suspected Philippi serial killer and rapist, whose alleged reign of terror ended with his arrest last month, is now in a catch-22 situation, the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town heard on Thursday.
Jimmy Maketta, 41, was to have launched a bail application before magistrate Marietjie van Eeden on Thursday, but it has now been put off until January 19.
Senior public prosecutor Thinus Groenewald told the court Maketta had been jailed for assault by the Grabouw Magistrate’s Court, but had recently been released into correctional supervision for the remaining 18 months of his jail sentence.
Correctional supervision is a sentencing option in which a convicted person is released from prison prior to the completion of his sentence, but placed under house arrest for the remaining period.
This enables him to earn a living during the day, but confines him to his home after hours and during weekends and public holidays.
One of Maketta’s release conditions was no further clashes with the law for the remaining 18 months.
The murder and rape charges he now faces, allegedly perpetrated during the 18 months, amount to a breach of the conditions, Groenewald told the court.
He said Maketta would have to be transferred from the Bellville South police cells to Grabouw, where his outstanding 18-month jail sentence would be reinstated.
Groenewald said Maketta had been in custody at the Bellville South police cells for the convenience of the investigation team, but his transfer to Grabouw now meant detectives had to go to Grabouw to continue the investigation.
Defence attorney John Vrieslaar told the court he too had a dilemma -- Maketta would remain in jail for 18 months, regardless of the outcome of the bail application on the murder and rape charges.
This would defeat the very purpose of the bail application, he said.
The proceedings were postponed to January 19, when Groenewald would inform the court what had meanwhile transpired in the Grabouw case.
 

20051230: Suspected serial killer's hearing postponed Philippi Serial Killer News

The application for bail by the 41-year-old man arrested in connection with four murders and two rapes in the Philippi farming area in the Western Cape has been postponed to Thursday to allow investigators time to collect more information.

Prosecutor Deidre Rossouw said the man had pointed out scenes where the crimes allegedly took place.

Investigators expect to be shown other places next week where crimes may have taken place.

It is possible that the man will face additional murder charges when he next appears in court.

The man, standing tall in the dock, wore a maroon balaclava over his face on Thursday, as he had done before.

At his earlier appearance in court, magistrate Marietjie van Eeden granted the prosecution's request that he be allowed to wear the balaclava throughout the proceedings because members of the media were present.

He may not be named until he has pleaded.

As the man made his way into the court building on Thursday, his ankles were chained, but he was not as heavily guarded as at his first appearance.

He was dressed in a checked shirt and black jeans and hid his face behind a piece of paper carried in a plastic sleeve.

On his way down to the court holding cells, he faced the public gallery with the piece of paper he was carrying.

As he passed the gallery with the sheet of paper, the word "Jesus" could be seen on it.

The court was told that if the man was released on bail, there was a danger that he might interfere with state witnesses, possibly affecting the outcome of his trial.

The state alleged at an earlier court appearance that the man had interfered with a witness.

The bail hearing has been postponed to allow the state time to gather personal information about the man.

Philippi community leader Abe Fransman was present in court with a small group of farmworkers from the mostly rural area.

An identity parade is to be held next week.

The man is being held in custody at the Bellville South police station until his appearance in court on Thursday.

He is the second man to have been arrested in connection with the attacks. The first, 49 and from Philippi, was released after several weeks as he could not be linked positively to the crimes.

The man now in custody, homeless, unemployed and divorced, was arrested on a farm in Constantia. At the time of his arrest, he was being sought by correctional services for having broken his parole conditions relating to a conviction for serious assault.

Between October 20 and November 21, 14 farmworkers were murdered and nine women raped in the Philippi area.

After the attacks began, the murderer was dubbed the "Jesus killer" because he was believed to have a tattoo of the name "Jesus".

 

20051209: Suspected serial killer, rapist released Cape Town Serial Killer News
A 49-year-old man arrested in connection with murders and rapes on farms around Philippi in the Western Cape was released today. No evidence could link the man to the incidents, said Elliot Sinyangana, a police spokesperson. "He could however be re-arrested if new evidence emerges," he said.

The man had appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Monday and had been scheduled to appear again on Monday next week to apply for bail. He had allegedly called himself "Jesus".

While under arrest, police found him lying unresponsive in his cell one morning. They tried to wake him up, but he did not respond. He was taken to a local day hospital from where he was referred to Groote Schuur hospital. After an examination doctors declared him fit since they could not find anything wrong with him.

It was suspected that the man faked his condition to escape appearing in court. He was being held in Pollsmoor prison.
 

20051206: Cops make second arrest in serial killer hunt Philippi Serial Killer News

Police have arrested a second man in connection with the series of rapes and murders that have left the farmworkers of Philippi terrorised for months.

A police patrol in Philippi came under fire on Monday and police arrested a man.

He is likely to appear in the Wynberg magistrate's court on Wednesday.

At 12.30pm on Monday, a group of police officers on motorcycles were patrolling several farms in Philippi when three men opened fire on them. Police returned fire and the men fled, but one was captured.

Just after 2pm on Monday, the man arrested last week in connection with the Philippi killings appeared before Wynberg magistrate Marikie van Eeden. He had been expected to appear earlier, but court sources said the hearing was delayed after he tried to commit suicide in the Philippi police cells.

Police have denied this, but it is understood they booked him into Groote Schuur Hospital under the name Peter Cupido. He was first taken to a day hospital in Hanover Park where a doctor referred him to Groote Schuur Hospital for treatment.

When he appeared on Monday, he was surrounded by Captain Reynold Talmakkies and colleagues from the police special taskforce investigating the spate of rapes and murders in Philippi.

Van Eeden told him there were five rape charges against him "but there is a possibility that more charges will be added".

It is understood that the team seeking the Philippi serial rapist and murderer are taking statements from farmworkers this week.

Eleven murders, eight rapes and three attempted murder case dockets are being investigated. The man was represented in court by attorney Cheryl Horn of the Legal Aid Board.

Van Eeden postponed the case to Monday so that the detectives could investigate other charges.

Investigators indicated that they would oppose a bail application by the suspect.

The courtroom was packed to capacity for the man's 10-minute appearance.

People came from other courts and craned their necks to catch a glimpse of him.

 

20051205: Serial killer suspect tries to hang himself Cape Town Serial Killer News

The man arrested in connection with a spate of murders and rapes in the farmlands of Philippi tried to hang himself in a Philippi police cell on Sunday night.

The man, who was due to appear in the Wynberg magistrate's court on Monday, is now in Groote Schuur Hospital under police guard.

Shortly after 11pm on Sudnay night, the man was found lying on the floor of his cell by police officers. They had been alerted by other prisoners, who screamed from adjacent cells, according to a court orderly.

He had several injuries around his neck, head and face and a strip of cloth was found in a corner of the cell.

The man was arrested on Thursday on a Philippi farm where he is believed to have been hiding among farm workers during a police search.

He faces 11 charges of murder, three of attempted murder and eight charges of rape, all allegedly committed over several months in Philippi.

Two weeks ago, farmworkers said they were living in fear of a man with "Jesus" tattooed on his upper lip.

Police Captain Elliot Sinyangana declined to say whether the man they had in custody had such a tattoo.

Last Thursday police revealed that they wanted to question a man called Stanley Martens in connection with their investigation.

Martens had been convicted on eight burglary charges, served time in a Boland prison, and lived in the West Coast town of Vredenburg.

 

20051205: Alleged serial killer in court today Cape Town Serial Killer News

A 49-year-old man from Phillipi has appeared briefly at the Wynberg Magistrates Court today. The man was arrested in connection with eight murders and six rapes that took place in the Cape Peninsula between July and November this year.

The police say during their investigations, more arrests are likely. The onlookers packed the Wynberg Magistrate Court with the aim to see the man who called himself "Jesus" while arriving in court. The police say the accused killed mainly on weekends and is believed to have hacked his victims to death with an axe and some were thrown into the dams.

It is believed that about six women have been raped. He was arrested last Thursday. But his brother-in-law says the police have arrested the wrong man and he does not believe that he is involved in these cases. The police say the suspected serial killer is responsible for murders in the Phillipi area for the past six months. More than 14 investigators are working together on the investigation. The case has been postponed until December 12.

 

20051205: Alleged serial killer in court today Philippi Serial Killer News

A 49-year-old man from Phillipi has appeared briefly at the Wynberg Magistrates Court today. The man was arrested in connection with eight murders and six rapes that took place in the Cape Peninsula between July and November this year.

The police say during their investigations, more arrests are likely. The onlookers packed the Wynberg Magistrate Court with the aim to see the man who called himself "Jesus" while arriving in court. The police say the accused killed mainly on weekends and is believed to have hacked his victims to death with an axe and some were thrown into the dams.

It is believed that about six women have been raped. He was arrested last Thursday. But his brother-in-law says the police have arrested the wrong man and he does not believe that he is involved in these cases. The police say the suspected serial killer is responsible for murders in the Phillipi area for the past six months. More than 14 investigators are working together on the investigation. The case has been postponed until December 12.

 

20051205: Alleged serial killer in court today Philippi Serial Killer News
A 49-year-old man from Phillipi has appeared briefly at the Wynberg Magistrates Court today. The man was arrested in connection with eight murders and six rapes that took place in the Cape Peninsula between July and November this year. The police say during their investigations, more arrests are likely. The onlookers packed the Wynberg Magistrate Court with the aim to see the man who called himself "Jesus" while arriving in court. The police say the accused killed mainly on weekends and is believed to have hacked his victims to death with an axe and some were thrown into the dams. It is believed that about six women have been raped. He was arrested last Thursday. But his brother-in-law says the police have arrested the wrong man and he does not believe that he is involved in these cases. The police say the suspected serial killer is responsible for murders in the Phillipi area for the past six months. More than 14 investigators are working together on the investigation. The case has been postponed until December 12.
 

20051202: Cops nab serial killer suspect Cape Town Serial Killer News

A man suspected of being behind a string of murders and sexual attacks that has sowed fear in the small farming community at Philippi has been arrested.

This comes after eight murders were reported in the area in the past six weeks.

Last week two farm workers were found dead on a farm in the area.

At the same time a woman was raped. Farm workers have been too scared to be alone in their homes at night and spent nights together in groups during the killer's rampage.

Police said they were looking for a tall man of slender build and aged between 43 and 49 years who originally came from the Vredenburg area.

Police spokesperson Elliot Sinyangana said that at about 10am on Thursday a 49-year-old suspect was arrested in the area.

He confirmed the man was being held in connection with eight murders and six rape incidents that took place between July 30 and November 21.

"During the investigation various crime scenes were visited and police are convinced they have arrested the right person," said Sinyangana.

Police had earlier categorically denied they were looking for a serial killer following the most recent deaths on Geduld farm, but on Thursday their tune changed.

Sinyangana said after a thorough look into the crimes, the investigators established similarities in the method used.

"The police have done a lot of work in terms of investigative methods as well as... proactive visible policing in the Philippi area.

They appreciate the support and co-operation from that community," said Sinyangana.

On Wednesday police on foot were combing the open ground in Philippi, searching for the suspect. On Thursday he was found in a hiding place on one of the farms.

"We missed him on (Wednesday). But we found him on one of the farms in some kind of hideout. He was not where he lives or at home with his family. He was in a place where he was sure he wouldn't be found," said Sinyangana.

The suspect will appear in the Wynberg magistrate's court on Monday.

 

20051201: Police form taskforce to hunt "serial killer" Cape Town Serial Killer News

Is this the man who holds the key to solving at least eight murders, seven rapes and three attempted murders in the farmlands of Philippi?

The photograph released on Thursday by police hunting the serial killer shows Stanley Martens, who has served time at a Boland prison for burglaries and other crimes, and who lived in the West Coast town of Vredenburg.He has been described as tall and of slender build, and aged between 43 and 49.

On Wednesday a police taskforce formed to hunt down a man who has been terrorising farmworkers found what they believe is his hide-out on a Philippi farm.

The hand-picked unit has been working around the clock since Monday, and is closing in on the elusive killer.

He is allegedly responsible for the murders of at least 10 male farmworkers, the murder and rape of two women farmworkers, five other rapes and three attempted murders.

Police have seized a hammer believed to have been used to attack some of the victims.

On Wednesday at least five assault victims helped police compile an identikit. Several others agreed on Tuesday to take investigators to where they were attacked.

After an intensive search through Philippi farmlands, detectives found the alleged hide-out and a bag of personal documents and belongings.

The handwriting on some of the personal items seemed to match that on a note the killer left last month near Philippi’s sand-mining area, where the bodies of three farmworkers were found.

It also matched the scribbled notes the killer left on the walls of farmworkers’ houses. In one of these notes, he threatened a farmworker by name, and indicated he was coming for her because she “knew too much”.

The last note, attached to a thick patch of bush, gave directions to where the bodies could be found at the sand-mining spot.

Police said the man they believe is behind the crime orgy had spent four years in a Boland prison for burglaries. He was released on July 13, and the murders and rapes began on July 30.

They established that he had links with Piketberg and Vredenburg and in those towns they obtained addresses on the Cape Flats where he could be hiding.

The taskforce is pursuing links with the West Coast towns, and other police are hunting clues on the Cape Flats in general and the farmlands of Philippi in particular.

Meanwhile the police watchdog, the Independent Complaints Directorate, is keeping a close watch on the hunt.

This follows complaints by farmworkers that Philippi police had at first not taken their reports of a serial killer in the area seriously.

At first police did not believe one person was responsible, but now they have changed their view.

Western Cape police Captain Elliott Sinyangana said: “We have made it clear that the investigation has not shown any evidence of serial killing, though all possibilities and leads are being taken into serious consideration.

“After having focused on the investigation, we have established that there are similarities in the methods used by the alleged perpetrators.

“A project team has been assigned to investigate these cases.

“It is now clear that we are looking for one person who can be connected to at least eight murders that were committed over the last two months,” Singanyana said.

Police were looking for “a male person known as Stanley Martens, originally from the Vredenburg area”.

 

20051124: Serial killer leaves workers living in fear Cape Town Serial Killer News

A serial killer and rapist left a note with directions to the spot between a Philippi farm and a sand-mining area where he had murdered three farmworkers and then left their bodies lying there, say farmers and farmworkers.

Philippi's farming community believe that the wanted man has been responsible for 10 murders and six rapes over 12 months on and near farms in the area.

Early on Wednesday police arrested a man and held him for questioning, as they believed he could help them find the serial killer.

It is understood that the killer and rapist targeted couples working on farms and murdered the men so that he could rape their wives at knifepoint.

Five of the six women who were raped were between the ages of 60 and 70 years.

Farmers and farmworkers said the knifeman recently left the note attached to a bush where police could clearly see it. The note gave instructions to get to the three bodies.

Farmer Errol Ohlhoff said on Wednesday: "This man was daring by leaving a note behind so that the police could find the dead bodies.

"For the past eight weeks farmworkers have been seriously assaulted, while others were murdered on farms.

"There were four murders within two weeks here on the farms."

Two of these murders were committed on Saturday night. The body of Jennifer Petersen was found in a dam on Sunday and at a neighbouring farm, the blood-spattered body of Frans Barnshaw, 62, affectionately known as "Oom Frans", was found.

The body of a farmworker was found almost two weeks ago on the corner of Olieboom and Varkensvlei roads on a farm, while another farmworker's body was found in another farm's dam on Olieboom Road.

Farmworker Michael Durban told how he had an encounter with a man wielding a long stick on Saturday night, at about the time that Jennifer Petersen and Oom Frans were attacked.

"My wife and I were asleep when I heard a rattling noise at the window.

"I saw a stick being pushed from the outside through the burglar bars and removing the curtains.

"I shouted, jumped up, ran outside and was hit on my shoulder with the stick by a tall man.

"My dog attacked him, and I'm sure the man was probably bitten as he ran away."

Asked whether a serial killer was on the loose in the farming community, Ohlhoff said: "There is definitely a serial killer out there. All indications are pointing to that."

He told of how two of his workers - "Lucas and Goodman" - were murdered, and Lucas's 67-year-old wife assaulted and raped on his farm on October 28.

"When I arrived on the scene, the bodies of Lucas and Goodman were lying outside their farm home, and Lucas's wife was clutching her bloodied head," Ohlhoff said.

He said he was irritated with the police because he had asked them to match the fingerprints found at the scene to those found on a Wendy house which had been burgled on his farm several months ago, to check whether it was the same person responsible for the burglary and the double murders.

"But the police told me that they were still waiting on the fingerprint results, more than two weeks after the double murders," Ohlhoff said.

"I had to call the investigators several times, because they just never come and speak to me.

Farmworker Veronica Koopman said: "We think there's a serial killer out there, and this thought has caused fear and panic with farmworkers, men and women.

"The bodies we saw at the Koppies farm, and the other two near the sand-mining area were horrible murders. They were stabbed with either a knife or heavy, sharp object."

Farmer Martin Reinke said he had warned his workers to be on the lookout for any stranger loitering around at or near farms.

Farmers and farmworkers say the suspect could have been released from prison about a year ago, and might be hiding in one of four informal settlements in the Philippi farming area.

While the police are still tight-lipped about their apparent search for a serial killer and rapist, farmers like Ohlhoff have appointed a security company to control access to their farms.

About 30 farmers, and farmworkers living at the Egoli informal settlement, have begun walking patrols around as many farms as possible.

 

20051122: Serial killer "Jesus" claims 8 Philippi Serial Killer News
A suspected serial killer on the loose in Philippi, believed to be responsible for the deaths of six destitute farmworkers in the area, allegedly claimed two more victims at the weekend, Kaapse Son reported on Tuesday morning.

According to Son, police confirmed an elusive killer had struck at six farms in the area, committing murder and raping women.

Farmworkers said the word "Jesus" is tattooed on the suspect's upper lip and tears under his eyes. It's suspected "Jesus" has two accomplices but that he commits the murders himself.

"Jesus" allegedly writes letters to victims informing them of his intentions.

On one farm he apparently wrote in chalk on a farm wall where he'd strike next. In another instance, he left a letter at the scene, informing police where exactly the body could be found. A man's body was found at that location.

"We're fearing for our lives because many of us have received letters, telling us to sleep lightly. People are so scared they're moving out," said one farmworker.

Evil look in his eye

According to another worker, Michael Durban, he saw a man with a bloodied wooden pole on his shoulder wondering around in the area on Saturday night. The two men got involved in an altercation and the man ran away.

"I'm convinced it was the murderer because he had an evil look in his eye and fought as though he wanted to kill me," said Durban.

Another farmworker, Shelley van Niekerk, who was raped on Saturday night, said that although it had been dark, she could see the word "poes" written on her attacker's forehead. Her husband was killed during the attack. His body was found in the dam.

While police are denying a serial killer was responsible for the attacks, a detective confirmed this to Son on Monday.

According to farmers in the area, police aren't providing answers and they are considering offering a reward for the suspect's capture.

 


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