Cape paedophile sentencing to resume

2013-01-24 09:31
Johannes Kleinhans (Die Burger)

Johannes Kleinhans (Die Burger)

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Johannesburg - Sentencing of Johannes Kleinhans, for a string of sex crimes against girls, is expected to resume in the Parow Regional Court in Cape Town on Thursday.

The 74-year-old director of companies has been convicted on 95 charges, including assault and possession of child pornography.

Sentencing was postponed last year because his lawyer, Johannes Grobbelaar, needed to study the State's psychiatric report and discuss it with his client.

The defence also sought second opinion.

Dr Marcel Londt, a social worker involved in the treatment of sex offenders told the court on Wednesday there was no fast cure for paedophilia.

Londt, who was giving testimony for the defence in the trial, said Kleinhans' affliction was "not a problem that could be addressed overnight", and long-term imprisonment was not conducive to effective treatment.

'Not best environment'

She told the court Kleinhans' period of incarceration, whilst awaiting trial, had in itself already addressed the deterrent aspect of treatment.

According to her, prison was not the best environment to deal with the other aspects.

"We need strict control over his treatment, in order to make it very difficult for him to re-offend. The effective management of his treatment would also involve his family."

Londt is heading a specialised anti-child abuse treatment programme called the Child Abuse Therapeutic and Training Service (Catts).

When questioned by prosecutor Herculine Swart, Londt said the Catts programme ran for 36 months, and did not offer 24-hour monitoring.

She said the Catts programme was not "broad therapy", and needed very strict control, which was impossible in prison due to general staff shortages.

 

- SAPA
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