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Alleged abuser had 'fatherly' bond with girl

2011-11-29 19:28

Johannesburg - The bail application of a Johannesburg karate coach accused of sexually assaulting nine of his students will resume on Wednesday in the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

The court heard on Tuesday that the accused had a "father-daughter" relationship with one of the complainants.

The coach testified that she used to stay with him after her classes because she lived too far for her parents to pick up. He said that this was with the consent of her parents. The girl was 14-years old at the time.

The coach said he would cook supper for her and make sure she did her homework. They had a good relationship and he could not understand why she would accuse him of rape, he said.

The State said the coach contradicted himself as he earlier said he never had a relationship beyond a professional nature with any of his students.

The State argued that his promise that he would not intimidate witnesses if granted bail was compromised.

The complainant has accused the man of raping her at a hotel near Johannesburg while they and two other people were attending a karate competition in 1991.

Jacques van Heerden, for the coach, said his client had osteoporosis and needed medical attention.

"The case could go on for more than two years, in which time my client would have to remain in custody," he said.

Van Heerden said his client's age should be taken into consideration when deciding bail.

The 68-year-old man is accused of indecently assaulting nine of his students. They claim he fondled their breasts and touched their private parts.

Comments
  • Impi - 2011-11-29 20:02

    They should lock these paedophiles away. It is very easy for someone that hasn't been abused sexually to plead on behalf of a paedophile, but for 15 years I had to and still battle the humiliation of being sodomised by a man of the cloth. Starved as I was, begging for food at the church, he took away my childhood and ruined me. While we are on the subject, they should also ban the Catholic Church throughout the world. It is a faith of Evil.If I wouldn't spend the rest of my days in jail, I would burn down each of their churches!

      Impi - 2011-11-30 09:47

      @Janine. Thanks a lot. It took a lot of courage to sit here and say this in public. Interestingly when you look at the thumbs up and down, you will notice that 25% of people don't care. Those are probably Catholics that will do anything to defend the evil priests in the name of a religion that has done more harm than good to untold numbers of kids.

      Impi - 2011-11-30 10:27

      @Janine. Today I don't even have a conversation with any Catholic. My view is the following. If you are a Catholic, you are condoning the scandalous abuse of specifically boys. If you look at my Facebook page, you will see this is a religion run by homosexual men. I don't have an issue with gays, but don't bring a religion into your devious ways of getting to young boys. That is evil!

  • Leon - 2011-11-29 20:32

    Castration

  • Calvin - 2011-11-29 20:58

    Just because a person has done wrong it does not mean all the people who are taking care or responsibility are the same. Impi I understand your situation. But find a way to forgive in that way, you will ease the anger within you. It will not be easy but I hope you find a way to.

      Impi - 2011-11-29 21:08

      A lot easier said than done Calvin. At least today I have been sent on a path of spiritual freedom and I'm not bogged down by the rubbish a bunch homosexual priests are telling me. I'm free from the it all! I feel pity for the fools that sit there everyday and listen to sexually deviated men pretending to live a pure life and then sodomise kids on the side.

  • Liz - 2011-11-30 06:57

    how can parents of a 14 yr old allow her to stay over night with a man ? They are just totally totally stupid !!!!

      george.frangs - 2012-12-05 15:45

      Sadly, some people are actually that retarded.

  • Heather - 2011-11-30 07:08

    Why dont they name him??

  • David - 2011-11-30 08:49

    Pay for what you do!

  • Joanne - 2011-11-30 08:52

    Let him rot in jail. He will do it again and again. He didnt consider his age or health when he mollested those children. Why must the court consider his age NOW!!

  • danigirl27 - 2012-01-17 13:59

    I feel very strongly about child abuse... blah blah blah, 9 girls are imagining things hey! Who gives him the right to take these girls' innocence away? Why should anyone take his age into consideration? Lock him away and throw away the key... Leave him with his own thoughts about how he stuffed up.

  • Glen - 2012-01-17 14:03

    Yes the poor girl suffered terribly...uhm...

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