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19 October 2011 at 20:58 - Posted by Anonymous

Man held for abducting pupil in Roodepoort


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A man was arrested on Wednesday for attempting to abduct an 18-year-old girl outside the same school in Florida where Louise de Waal was snatched last week.

The pupil was sitting on a pavement near the school at 6am when the man threatened her with a screwdriver and forced her into the boot of his car, said Captain Pinky Tsinyane.

“A security guard from the school saw the incident and alerted police,” said Tsinyane.

Police later caught the 21-year-old.

“We cannot say at this stage whether the man is linked to the De Waal case, but police are investigating,” said Tsinyane.

“We do not know if he is a copycat. He is being profiled and police will investigate whether he was involved in some of the previous cases in the area.”

He would appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court soon on a charge of attempted kidnapping.

De Waal was abducted last Tuesday and was later found dead on a farm in Magaliesburg.

The provincial education department earlier said that the screwdriver incident happened near Hoërskool Die Burger, in Roodepoort, where De Waal was a pupil.

De Waal's alleged murderer, Johannes Jacobus Steyn, turned himself over to the police last week.

Steyn has confessed to being the so-called Sunday Rapist, but not to being her murderer. - Sapa

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