Porn accused teacher’s bail offer ‘an insult to the court’, says state

2014-09-12 00:00

THE financial affairs of the Durban drama teacher facing a raft of child pornography charges will be carefully scrutinised before a bail decision.

The convicted sex predator appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday as his bid for bail continued.

Magistrate Paul Cartwright ordered details of the teacher’s bond and bank statements to be made available before he delivers his decision in a week’s time.

The teacher faces 11 counts of possession, production and procurement of child pornography and is accused of plying vulnerable boys with thousands of rands in exchange for lurid pictures, videos and sex.

The financial means of the 48-year-old teacher formed the focal point of the application, with senior public prosecutor Val Melis insisting that his offer to put up R10 000 as bail was an “insult to the court”.

“We have on record that during 2014 he paid more than R35 000 to one boy alone. The amount of R10 000 is an insult to the court, as on several occasions the applicant paid an amount of R7 000 to a victim for sexual favours,” she said.

Melis argued the teacher was likely to try and evade trial because of the strength of the state’s case.

“There is overwhelming evidence against the applicant in the form of over 100 photographs and videos and this does not include an ­analysis of three laptop computers,” she added.

Melis said that unidentified victims could be intimidated by the teacher.

“There are still victims who have not yet been traced. We know this from the photographs that we found in his possession. Only he knows who they are and their whereabouts. He knows their addresses and schools.

“He has lied to the court concerning the circumstances surrounding his previous conviction and his dishonesty during this bail application should lead the court to attach no weight to his statement.

“Releasing him would be sending the wrong message to the public” Melis said.

Defence attorney Nerissa Farrington said opposition to bail was based on speculation, and she rubbished the notion that he would evade trial.

“He was released on bail during his previous matter where he faced imprisonment, and he attended every court date until it was finalised,” she added.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.