Barbie could err again

2010-02-09 22:27

Pretoria - There is no absolute certainty that Cézanne Visser, known as "Advocate Barbie", will not commit another (illicit) sex act without further rehabilitation, forensic criminologist Eon Sonnekus told the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Cross-examined by State prosecutor Andre Fourie, Sonnekus maintained that the only punishment Visser should be given was a suspended sentence or three years correctional supervision under house arrest.

"The process has only begun, sentence should be handed down, rehabilitation should take place to ensure it does not happen again.

"I have not said she is fully reformed or fully rehabilitated," Sonnekus conceded.

Should a correctional supervision sentence be imposed, this should include 60 hours a week to attend work, 10 hours on weekends to shop and attend church, and two hours of community service at the local zoo.

However, Fourie argued that this allowed Visser a large amount of free time and did not sound like punishment. The community service suggested was an interest of Visser as she liked animals.

"What is her quid pro quo?" he asked.

Remorse

Fourie was sure many mothers would consider themselves under house arrest if this was all punishment meted out.

Fourie also challenged Sonnekus's methodology in compiling his report, arguing that the merits of the crimes themselves had not been dealt with and that the victims had not been interviewed.

He earlier told the court that Visser could not have shown remorse for indecent assault and solicitation of a minor to perform indecent acts because she had not yet taken responsibility for the crimes.

This, after Sonnekus submitted on Monday that Visser should receive a lesser sentence because she had, of her own volition, told him she was sorry.

"Straightforward she lied. She has not accepted responsibility," Fourie told the court.

He submitted that although Visser had testified that she was sorry for the crimes, she had also claimed to have committed them because she was the victim of manipulation by her former boyfriend Dirk Prinsloo.

Guilt

Fourie said remorse denoted repentance followed by feelings of guilt and responsibility.

Sonnekus responded: "It can be", but added that remorse could also be an understanding of wrongfulness.

Visser was convicted in October of 11 of 14 sex-related charges.

These included soliciting a 15-year-old to perform indecent acts, indecently assaulting 11-year-old and 14-year-old girls and the possession and manufacture of child pornography.

Prinsloo, who skipped the country while out on bail during the trial, was sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Belarus court last week for theft, assault and attempted bank robbery.

He still faces sex-related charges in the High Court in Pretoria.

More evidence in mitigation of Visser's sentence will be presented on Wednesday when another expert is expected to take the stand.

- SAPA
Read more on:    cézanne visser  |  dirk prinsloo  |  child abuse
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come back into focus. You may get a second chance to say what needs to be said. The important focus today is to not...read more

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.