Bloem fraudster will know fate in August

2015-07-27 17:03
Bloemfontein businesswoman Lianné Greyling. (Netwerk24, Conrad Bornman)

Bloemfontein businesswoman Lianné Greyling. (Netwerk24, Conrad Bornman)

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Bloemfontein - The convicted thief and fraudster Lianné Greyling will have to wait in the Kimberley prison until August 3 to hear what the future holds for her.

Regional Magistrate Marina Voges postponed her sentencing in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on Monday after the defence and the prosecutor argued in mitigation and aggravation of sentence.

“She used her intelligence to harm people, some of them her family and friends. She could have been a brilliant advocate, for example, but she used her intelligence for crime,” prosecutor Vic de Bruyn argued before he asked the court to send Greyling to jail for ten to twelve years.

“She will thank me one day, but for the sake of her children she should be kept away from them,” De Bruyn said.

But Greyling's attorney, Eugene Lubbe, argued that correctional supervision should be considered as an option.

“The State argued that a jail term is the only appropriate sentence to rehabilitate the defendant and to protect the community against her. It is my submission that correctional supervision can be even more appropriate, depending on the conditions,” he told the court.

Earlier, social worker Ingrid Bengell testified that she believed a prison sentence was the only appropriate punishment for the Bloemfontein businesswoman and former erotic dancer.

A report from the department of correctional services, however, suggested that she be put under house arrest as she had three children - aged 3, 4 and 6 - who depended on her.

Bengell told the court that Greyling’s children had adapted well to life without their mother while Greyling was in jail.

“It is difficult for any child when a parent suddenly disappears, but they have adapted. They are doing well without her.”

Greyling, dressed in a formal black jacket, a fluffy collar and pearl earrings, listened nervously to Bengell’s testimony.

Greyling appeared to be taking strain.

Bengell told the court that suspended sentences or fines were not possible options.

“The community should be protected against her. In addition, jail time will also help her to be rehabilitated.”

The social worker testified that she believed Greyling had shown no remorse.

“Yes, she pleaded guilty, and yes, she said she is finished with crime. But can you justify your deeds by blaming it on what happened in your past? As grown-ups, we have choices. It is difficult to say whether she can just change her ways. She needs professional help.”

During her testimony in mitigation of sentence, Greyling revealed how she had already been found guilty of fraud charges in her matric year in Kempton Park. At the time, she had been given a suspended sentence.

Greyling, 28, also testified that her mother abused drugs and alcohol.

She was a barlady and a stripper in Port Elizabeth before she started her own import business in 2009.

Greyling testified how she had used drugs daily from 2006 to 2008, until she fell pregnant with the first of her three daughters.

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