Paedophile jailed for 24 years

2015-09-23 06:00
RUDOLPH COETZEE (23) was sentenced to an effective 24 years in the Northern Cape High Court
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RUDOLPH COETZEE (23) was sentenced to an effective 24 years in the Northern Cape High Court . Photo: SAPS

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THE Northern Cape Police management, the ANC and the DA welcomed the 24-year jail term handed to a paedophile, Rudolph Coetzee (23).

He was sentenced in the Northern Cape High Court on Wednesday (16/09).

Coetzee has been convicted on 45 charges, including rape, sexual assault, attempted rape and the manufacturing of child pornographic material, involving local children aged between 3 and 12 years old.

He has been sentenced 24 years on 5 counts of rape, 10 years on 16 counts of sexual assault, 8 years on counts of attempted rape and 10 years for manufacturing child pornography.

The sentences will run concurrently, and Coetzee will effectively serve 24 years behind bars.

Coetzee has been clinically diagnosed as a paedophile, where he is sexually aroused by pre-pubescent children.

He has been in custody since his arrest on 22 May last year. During the arrest the police confiscated various images of manufactured pornographic material depicting him with naked children between the ages of 3 and 12 years and engaging in sexual acts with them.

The images were confiscated from Coetzee’s personal computer in his home which he used as his photographic studio.

Safiyia Stanfley, a DA MPL, said the fact that Coetzee accepted responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty, did not mean that he could get a free pass.

“The sentence could have been more severe, given the multitude of crimes that he had committed. His victims were innocent children who were raped, abused and preyed on. The seriousness of the crimes cannot be overstated,” she commented.

Zamani Saul, ANC provincial secretary, said: “The sentence by the High Court sends out a strong message that this should not be tolerated, and we therefore support it.”

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