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11 Nov 2013
12:08 pm

De Jager’s trial postponed

A Cape Town man accused of killing two teenage girls appeared in the Western Cape High Court today.

The pair had been charged with stock theft. Photo: Supplied

The trial of Johannes Christiaan de Jager, 48, was set down for Wednesday.

De Jager, dressed in a tracksuit top and khaki shorts, walked back to the cells with slumped shoulders.

He has been charged with the murders of two 18-year-olds, Parow sex worker Hiltina Alexander and Mpumalanga resident Charmaine Mare.

The State alleges that De Jager picked up Alexander near Parow on May 18, 2008, raped her and killed her. Her body was found next to the N7 highway in Philadelphia, near Atlantis, the next day. A post mortem revealed she had been strangled.

According to the indictment, Mare holidayed in Cape Town in January, staying with a friend in Kraaifontein. Her friend’s mother was dating De Jager.

On January 7, the friend, the mother, and De Jager’s son went on a cruise, leaving Mare and De Jager alone in the house.

The State alleges De Jager made repeated sexual advances, which the teenage girl rejected. The family returned home on January 11 and could not find Mare. De Jager registered a missing person case with the police.

Her burned body was found in a nearby field. Her hands and feet had been cut off. Her hands were later found in the garage of the home and her feet next to the N2 highway near Firgrove, in Somerset West.