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Child porn suspect claims assault

2011-08-15 22:25

Durban - Former policeman Andre Stephen Botha, who allegedly distributed graphic sexual pictures of children aged between four and 10, appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Wearing blue overall pants and a checked shirt and sporting tattoos, the stocky man sat nervously in the dock, peering over his glasses to read a newspaper that featured him on the front page.

The 38-year old who was arrested in Welkom where he works for a construction company, served as an officer at the Bellair police station in Hillary in 2003 and was the subject of a Hawks investigation for the past four months.

Investigating officer Jason Reddy of the Hawks' search-and-seizure unit told The Witness that Botha was found to be the source of 20 sexually explicit pictures of children being distributed via a chat room on the social network MXit.

"The man is linked to a larger child pornography syndicate operating in Nelspruit, Durban and Johannesburg and more arrests are imminent," said Reddy.

He said the children were from the Malvern and Queensburgh areas of Durban. Botha faces a possible sentence of 20 years' imprisonment.

Represented by advocate Rob Sichel, Botha was denied bail on the grounds that investigators require more information and the case was adjourned until Thursday in the Welkom Magistrate's Court.

'Assaulted'


Sichel put on record that Botha was assaulted by officers while in detention at Westville.

“My client has sustained injuries to his ribs, his eardrums are perforated and handcuffs lacerated his wrists. Members of the South African Police Service assaulted him,” he said.

A twenty-something student, who is apparently in a relationship with Botha, was his only supporter at the hearing and he periodically turned around to glance at her. Botha was permitted to communicate with her briefly after the court proceedings.

Speaking to Hawks investigators outside the courtroom, Sichel said Botha is being tried by the media and the court needs to protect him from sensationalism.

"My client needs to be granted bail so that he can pay maintenance for his two children.

"This is a conspiracy and there should have been enough time to lodge a bail application by now at least,” he retorted when officers told him to allow the courts do their work.


 

Comments
  • frankm - 2011-08-15 22:50

    This poor chap, he should be allowed bail for the sake of his children. After all you are innocent until proven guilty for goodness sake

      theratlady - 2011-08-16 07:40

      Clearly you have skeletons in your closet too feak frank!

      Adams - 2011-08-16 08:05

      @Frank, This poor chap! Are you serious? You believe an ex-cop will not try and interfere with the investigations, or even worse, can he be trusted not to interfere with children while he is out! Who knows what he may be doing to his children!

      JustinD - 2011-08-16 08:19

      You also involved??????

      Sir-Vic - 2011-08-16 08:53

      Frank u out of yo mind......he deserve to stay behind bars.

      Optimus-Prime - 2011-08-16 09:06

      seriously? WTF is wrong with you Frankm?

      maneki - 2011-08-16 09:20

      What? Guilty or innocent, are you prepared to let him loose even for a few days (or in our court system months to years) until the case comes forward, so that he can either destroy evidence or flee or god forbid continue his evil practices if he is guilty. Nope, let him wait in jail. There is no smoke without fire, and i doubt that the hawks would have arrested him unless they found some sort of evidence in his possession. That makes him guilty in my eyes, and in my opinion he wasn't assaulted enough. He has possibly ruined 10 childrens' lives forever and he complains about sore ribs and lacerated wrists? I fully sympathise with the policemen that wanted to take his bloody head off. I would want to.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-16 12:57

      Birds of a feather....?!!...sicko !

      WhiteMalema - 2011-08-16 13:03

      If this man Andre Stephen Botha is guilty, which he probably is, as the Media would not have his name should he possibly be innocent........assault him, rape him, deny him any opportunity of bail, KILL him. I don’t care! If this man is however in the same investigative malicious hands as Fred van de Vyver had been and there may be a slim possibility that he may well be innocent, shame on the Media, Jason Reddy and all that have made a presumption regarding his guilt! BUT....should he be guilty of even a fraction of this monstrous crime, lets burn him at the stake.

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-15 23:05

    I SUSPECT THE POLICE GAVE HIM A TASTE OF WHAT TO EXPECT IN JAIL IF END UP THERE

      Paul Eccles - 2011-08-15 23:55

      Wow first all caps post.

      Komasa - 2011-08-16 00:00

      No one has told him it is bad manners.

      Ben - 2011-08-16 08:57

      Capslock..... RELEASE THE FURY!!!!

  • Mishka - 2011-08-15 23:55

    Lock him up in jail and throw the key away, scum like him deserve to rot in jail

      tonykzn - 2011-08-16 00:40

      @Mishka: Quite agree, but only after he's been given a fair trial & found guilty.

      Jamie - 2011-08-16 07:09

      Why not give him a camera and an internet connection as well, and he can switch from child porn to hardcore prison stuff.

  • Sprinkaan - 2011-08-16 06:42

    And he is still alive to make these claims

  • GinSA1 - 2011-08-16 06:49

    Harm a CHILD and lose your rights. Klaar. The cops have the evidence, or it something more sinister and it was planted there? Nope, he did it. Death to child molesters, death to murderers.

  • Leon H - 2011-08-16 07:11

    I would like to meet this chap...so I can tear off his man-bits with my leatherman!!!!!

  • ConcernedMom - 2011-08-16 07:26

    I would like to know where the children are? Are they safe? Obviously not if the likes of this beast can get their hands on them?

  • theratlady - 2011-08-16 07:38

    If he was beatren it was to get information out of him so it is valid. He is a sick man and needs to be removed from society. if not It is a matter of time before he physically molests a child (if he hasnt already) .

  • Giovani269@24.com - 2011-08-16 08:18

    Well, he had no problem distributing graphic material of other small children... Now he is concerned for his own? Now that is one sick bastara. He should never even be aloud out of jail. Go police go!! Go police GO! They should let him be manhandled by some rough criminal in jail, not just beat the crap out of him.

  • flummoxed - 2011-08-16 08:32

    Obviously not assaulted in a lasting way.. He lived to complain.

  • mari.sciarappa - 2011-08-16 08:42

    Someone accused of child pornography should not be allowed around any children, let alone his own.

  • Nedkelly - 2011-08-16 08:44

    He's gonna catch a klap or two in jail that's for sure! Even tho they are criminals most of them hate women and child abusers... sorry for you Mnr Botha.

      John - 2011-08-16 11:06

      He's going to get more than just a clap.

  • hannelie gerber - 2011-08-16 08:58

    I don't condone police assaulting prisoners but to those who got to this guy - I SALUTE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you could have been more brutal though, however you are more than welcome to spread the word down in the holding cells that he needs a little sorting out. I truly hope he finds the one who will abuse him in ways he couldn't dream off when he goes to prison. Men like this deserve to be tortured to death by survivors of such abuse!

  • Zambezi - 2011-08-16 09:40

    "was assaulted by officers"... he's bloody lucky he is still alive. He shouldn't even be able to attend court. People like him need to hang!!!!... Oh, but wait.... in the go ol' RSA, the criminal has more rights than the victim, and you got rid of the death penalty..... ain't he lucky. And what of those poor kids.... scarred for life!!!!

  • Neil Myburgh - 2011-08-16 11:03

    Sick MF!

  • Eureka Broberg - 2011-08-16 13:36

    Frankm...are you out of your mind. If you are suspected of child pron then you should be kept behind bars.... You have obviously not lived in close range of such a predator.... You probably don't even have children of your own. Well I have lived close to such a predator and I have a beautiful son and knowing there is a monster living close by makes you keep your child in side at all times. You can't let your kid play outside in the sun cause the monster is home. you never know what he might be up to... You are a crazy person Frankm.... crazy...

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