Karate coach gets three years correctional supervision for sexually abusing students

2012-12-05 16:59

A karate coach who sexually assaulted 11 of his students has been sentenced by the Alexandra Magistrates’ Court to three years of correctional supervision.

Magistrate Syta Prinsloo said today 69-year-old Peter Foyn would be subjected to house arrest in those three years.

He was also expected to fulfil 20 hours of community service a month and would have to undergo rehabilitation at his own expense.

Foyn nodded in agreement as Prinsloo told him his name would also be recorded in the sexual offenders register.

She warned him that if he failed to inform prospective employers of his offence, he would face imprisonment.

“You are also not suitable to work with children from today onwards, do you understand?” Prinsloo asked Foyn, who listened closely to the sentence.

“Yes! Fully. Thank you.” Foyn said to the magistrate.

Foyn, who has been an instructor for 43 years, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault in November.

The students said the instructor had fondled their breasts and private parts. They were aged between eight and 34.

Before announcing the sentence, Prinsloo told Foyn he was a disgrace to the martial arts fraternity.

She said she had practised karate in her youth and it was clear that Foyn had failed dismally to teach and practise the main principles of martial arts.

These, according to Prinsloo, were respect, integrity, perseverance and, most importantly, self-control.

She told Foyn he had not practised these principals himself, and also failed to teach them to his students.

She said his actions had resulted in too much damage.

According to statements, the abused students had made, they had expressed similar symptoms and effects from the abuse.

They were living in constant fear and some were so disturbed they could not interact with their own fathers or any other male after the incident.

She, however, said he had spared the students further trauma by pleading guilty.

If the students had testified during his trial, they would have had to relive the abuse, which would have been traumatic for them.

Prinsloo said in finding a suitable sentence, she had considered Foyn’s age and the fact that he was a first offender.

- Sapa

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