Repeat sex offender sentenced

2008-09-11 00:00

A 53-year-old Pietermaritzburg resident, Clifford Anthony Basson, has been sentenced to six years’ imprisonment by a regional court magistrate in connection with two counts of indecent assault of young boys.

Basson pleaded guilty earlier this year to sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy at a creche in Alexandra Road on various occasions between July and December 2007.

He also pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting an 11-year-old boy in a room, which he was renting in Berg Street in January.

The court heard that this was Basson’s fourth conviction for similar offences in three years.

His previous offences, for which he was given suspended sentences, were committed in Durban and Port Shepstone.

Basson appeared before regional Magistrate Rose Mogwera with a Bible in his hand. In tears, he begged for forgiveness and mercy and said he was remorseful for his actions.

After sentencing, the case was postponed to September 23 when the state is expected to bring an application to put Basson’s previous suspended sentences into operation.

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