9th child porn accused in court

2011-01-27 11:32

A 31-year-old woman appeared briefly in the Pretoria North Magistrates Court today in connection with a string of charges ranging from sexually assaulting children to child pornography.

The woman, who appeared along with eight co-accused, would remain in custody until her bail hearing on Tuesday.

Her eight co-accused were arrested last year and denied bail by Magistrate Pierre Wessels earlier this month.

The woman, who is believed to be the wife of accused number eight, was arrested yesterday near Hammanskraal.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini declined to comment on her alleged role in the crimes.

The group faces charges of rape, indecent assault, sexual grooming of children and possession, manufacturing and distribution of child pornography.

The eight arrested last year included a grandfather (58), grandmother (57), their two sons from previous relationships, aged 34 and 36, the grandfather’s brother (61), and his wife (42), and their son, who was reportedly mentally disabled.

The 26-year-old wife of one of the sons was also arrested.

Six children, aged four and older, were allegedly used in sex movies which were then distributed. Four other children were removed from the care of the accused and were undergoing psychological and medical examinations.

During the bail application earlier this month the court heard that the State was investigating the possibility of a connection with a child pornography syndicate.

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