One of South Africa’s most notorious fugitives, Gerhardus Jansen van Vuuren, appeared at the Johannesburg High Court on Monday 12 October having been brought back to the country after fleeing to Brazil in 2013.
Jansen van Vuuren, who allegedly killed his girlfriend back in 2011, fled to South America just days before he was expected to stand trial for the 25-year-old’s brutal murder.
Jansen van Vuuren case postponed to 6 November
Appearing briefly at the Johannesburg High Court on Monday, the 39-year-old said that he would be using services provided by Legal Aid for his defence.
The case was postponed until 6 November in order for his defence to be afforded the opportunity to prepare their case.
He is currently charged with murder, but charges including invading justice and use of false documentation may yet be added.
Because these sentences – if Jansen van Vuuren is indeed found guilty – would run concurrently, the state is expected to focus on their primary charge against the man accused of brutally murdering Andrea Venter with a pocket knife outside of an apartment complex in Johannesburg in 2011.
Fugitive evaded authorities for seven years
Having been apprehended after a failed suicide attempt at the scene of the crime, he was later granted bail in the Johannesburg High Court after the SAPS successfully opposed bail twice before the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.
Using false documentation, he was able to escape the country in 2013 using the name “Daniel Joseph Mouton” and avoided South African authorities for nearly seven years before he was located by law enforcement agencies working alongside Interpol and brought back to South Africa on Friday 9 October.
South African Police Service (SAPS) national spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said on Friday that the goal is now to bring justice to Venter and her family, who remain traumatised by the killing of their only daughter.
“Our focus is to bring closure to family and friends of the deceased, as well as to ensure that justice is served,” he said after Jansen van Vuuren touched down at OR Tambo International Airport.
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