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Cape Town paedophile gets 5 years

2012-02-24 20:45

Cape Town - Convicted paedophile Ian Appleton was jailed for five years by the Paarl Regional Court on Friday.

Anti-child abuse pressure groups packed into the court to hear the sentence being handed down to Appleton, a retired accountant and school master.

In terms of correctional supervision legislation, the sentence allows for his release into house arrest after serving 10 months.

Among those in court were the parents of a boy, now aged 11, who was 8-years-old when Appleton, a long-standing friend of the family, raped him.

Appleton, 74, performed oral sex on the boy in 2008, and was convicted of rape under the new Children's Act.

Appleton appeared before Magistrate Norma Smile who last year jailed him for five years without the option of correctional supervision.

However, in December last year a full bench of the Western Cape High Court ruled the sentence too severe after defence counsel Francois van Zyl contended that Appleton was a "very ill man" and needed treatment more than a prison sentence.

Instead of imposing a sentence that the High Court considered appropriate, the two judges who heard the appeal referred the matter back to the Paarl Regional Court for resentencing.

As Appleton was led from the courtroom down the stairs to the cells, people loudly applauded the magistrate and shouted to Appleton "bye bye" and "see you".

Comments
  • Christopher - 2012-02-24 20:54

    IAN APPLETON.... self confessed paedophile was sent down and (please never let him) out This perverted ‘monster’ should not be allowed to prey on parents’ innocent children again any form of parole needs to be opposed past confrontations have proved that he cannot/will not be rehabilitated suffer the little children NO MORE

  • John - 2012-02-24 21:28

    Ian Appleton, I hope those 10 months to be the most unforgettable experience in your life. You don't have and idea how your inmates will enjoy your apperance there. If you belive that is a special treatment in jail based on offence - you are wrong....but you will find that very soon. Enjoy....sick bast***

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-02-24 21:35

    castrade him and he will be cured problem solved

      ISO - 2012-02-24 21:51

      True! That is the only solution! an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. I you kill, be prepared for your life to be taken. If you rape, be prepared to be castraded.

      march54 - 2012-02-24 21:58

      Castrate is the word you wanted to use. Would not work as he performed oral sex. He needs to be eliminated.

      Christopher - 2012-02-24 22:26

      would work if he was castrated just above the shoulders....yeah

  • Vicky - 2012-02-24 22:01

    What a waste of skin! I hope this filth gets to serve the full 5 years and that he never gets to breath fresh air as a free man again!

      John - 2012-02-24 22:15

      "....What a waste of skin"...ROFL Can't be a better describing of that scum.

  • Vicky - 2012-02-24 22:03

    His attorney is 100% correct - he is sick and should be permanently removed from society. It is the only way to stop him from spreading his kind of sickness!

  • Relax - 2012-02-24 22:21

    Being allowed to be released into house arrest after serving 10 months is no punnishment for the crime committed. For a "very ill man" of 74 house arrest means nothing. Justice was delayed so much that he injoyed a full life for far longer than he deserved. And then I also cannot help but wonder how many other victims there might have been during this monsters 74 years of life on earth. Ex accountant and SCHOOL MASTER !??!

  • Belinda - 2012-02-24 22:34

    so much for justice!

  • Cathy - 2012-02-25 08:39

    That is barely a slap on the wrist! 10 months for destroying a little boy's life! Our courts are way too lenient!

  • Cathy - 2012-02-25 13:42

    @ Janine all the more reason for a harsh sentence. I do not care that he is now aged. He did the crime and destroyed lives and he should be locked away for life!

  • Christopher - 2012-02-25 20:39

    @Janine.....many, many, far too many little boys, not only in Sea Point but further afield as well. Many are guilty of overlooking the rumours to protect the now besmirched family name. How much pain and suffering would have been avoided if he had been locked away decades ago....

  • hlongfamily - 2012-02-27 08:03

    APPY, I hope that the fairies get hold of you in chooky, and you get a taste of what its like, as you have done unto lots of others. This slap on the wrist is 30yrs too late. You lived your life a big lie, masquarading behind the Hamiltons Club Blazer, and trying to get respect as your Dad was President of Hamiltons.

  • arthurbrigg - 2012-02-27 09:52

    I don't understand how a fraudster can get 10 to 15 years, but a guy who sexually abuses a kid for 3 years only gets 10 months. Is the justice system saying money is more important than the well being of our kids? personally the only reason there should be a short sentence is if he's been castrated and had a "P" branded on his forehead.

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