Barbie 'not remorseful'

2010-02-09 14:05

Pretoria - Cézanne Visser cannot claim to show remorse for the sex crimes she has been convicted of because she has not taken responsibility, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Tuesday.

In cross-examination of forensic criminologist Eon Sonnekus, Prosecutor André Fourie challenged earlier submissions that Visser, also known as Advocate Barbie, had shown remorse, a mitigating factor for a lesser sentence.

"Straightforward she lied. She has not accepted responsibility."


Fourie said in court testimony Visser had said she was sorry for the crimes committed on minors and adults but said she was also a victim to manipulation by her then boyfriend, Dirk Prinsloo.

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

Sonnekus responded: "It can be", adding that it could also be an understanding of wrongfulness.

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

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

Prinsloo was sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Belarus court last month for theft, assault and attempted bank robbery. He also faces sex-related charges in the North Gauteng High Court.