Jansen van Vuuren’s trial begins
Rustenburg/ Fourways – Gerhard Jansen van Vuuren’s trial finally kicked off in the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday 16 May.
He stands accused of allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend, Andrea Venter, to death at the entrance to her housing complex in Fourways, Johannesburg on 2 May 2011. Afterwards, he attempted suicide by cutting his throat and laying down next to her body.
This has been a long time coming as he managed to evade arrest for several years by fleeing the country in 2013. He was later tracked down and arrested on 18 June 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since then, the trial has been postponed multiple times.
Witnesses took to the stand this week to give their account of the day Andrea’s life was brutally ripped away. The witnesses include security guards, paramedics, residents of the complex and Andrea’s father Dries Venter (in Rustenburg).
In an interview with Platinum Weekly Dries recalled one of the testimonies heard so far. “According to a paramedic on scene, Jansen van Vuurenasked him if she’s dead yet. When he confirmed that she passed away, Jansen van Vuuren gave a sigh of relief.”
On 18 May, a resident recalled how she heard a woman screaming for help and rush outside to investigate. She saw Andrea lying on the ground with Jansen van Vuuren kneeling over her.
Dries has been in court every day since the trial started and had to sit in the bench and listen over and over to the horrific details of the day his beautiful daughter was murdered.
He said that he finds solace in the fact that his daughter’s murderer will finally have to face what he has done. “I really hope he gets the maximum. Nothing less that 25 years without parole,” Dries added. The trial is still ongoing.
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