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Child porn case - request to view evidence

2012-03-01 20:01

Pretoria - The trial of nine people facing charges of sexually assaulting children and making child pornography was postponed by the Pretoria North Regional Court on Thursday.

Lawyers for the nine family members told the court they would want to view and have copies of the explicit material in the State's possession as evidence.

The nine accused are a grandfather, 58, grandmother, 57, their two sons from previous relationships, aged 34 and 36, the grandfather's brother, 61, his wife, 42, and their son, who is reportedly mentally disabled.

The 26-year-old wife of one of the sons was also arrested.

The ninth person was a 31-year old woman believed to be the wife of accused number eight.

Magistrate Pieter Nel postponed the matter to June 14, when the defence lawyers are expected to bring formal applications to have access to copies of the material.

Prosecutor Tania Carsterns said before granting the defence's request, that the court needed to consider the rights of the child victims and the community, against the rights of the people accused of abuse.

She argued reproduction of the electronic images and their distribution to the defence lawyers would equate to the distribution of child pornography and abuse.

Eight of the nine family members were arrested in 2010 on an array of charges including raping and sexually assaulting children, sexually grooming children, exposing children to pornography and benefiting from child pornography.

Comments
  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-03-01 20:57

    disgusting,they should all be castrated

      Ben - 2012-03-01 21:09

      Might be difficult, some of them are females.

  • Ben - 2012-03-01 21:08

    This one gives me the creeps. Might be better not to read about it again.

  • Diaan - 2012-03-02 01:10

    Sick . This is the only instance a person can view child ponography legally . Even the accused can legally view this child pornography legally in jail because an accused have the right to have acces , view and have coppies of the states evidence against them ( the child porn in this case ) Lekker sick but true . If the state does not supply them with this child pornography they will have a very very good case to have charges dismissed against them . Its sad and sick , but thats the law

  • danigirl27 - 2012-03-02 10:02

    Sick people! Sick family! Scary how a whole family can be so twisted, to do that to your own children. Hope they don't allow them to have copies of the videos, why would they need them? Lock them all up and throw away the key!!!

  • candice.raley - 2012-03-02 10:22

    Still so sick and disturbing!!!

  • Madeleine - 2012-03-02 12:47

    wow!! I'm absolutely horrified...

  • Rainbow - 2012-03-02 13:39

    The lawyers that defend these types of people are just as disgusting as they are.

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