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ConCourt denies Barbie leave to appeal

2011-02-11 12:05

Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court has denied Cézanne Visser, also known as "Advocate Barbie", leave to appeal her seven-year prison sentence for sexual offences towards children and women, her lawyer said on Friday.

Attorney Ren Oosthuizen confirmed that the Constitutional Court judges dismissed the matter on Thursday.

"We didn't appear in court, the judges made a finding that there is no chance of success, the matter was dismissed," he said.

"She's [Visser] is not happy about this... there are not a lot of options left."

Sexual abuse

Visser was convicted on 11 counts in 2009 in the absence of her former boyfriend and co-accused Dirk Prinsloo, who is in jail in Belarus. She was sentenced in February. Visser, who was an advocate, was found guilty of sexually abusing teenage girls she had befriended at a children's home.

Acting Judge in the North Gauteng High Court, Chris Eksteen, found her guilty on 11 charges, which included two of indecently assaulting an 11-year-old and 14-year-old girl and soliciting a 13-year-old girl to commit indecent acts.

She was also sentenced on a charge of defrauding a children's home in order to get them to allow children to spend weekends with her and Prinsloo.

The judge also linked Visser to the indecent assault of a 20-year-old woman, indecently assaulting two other younger women and the possession and manufacturing of child pornography.

In May last year the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed an application to appeal the matter.

Visser was nicknamed "Advocate Barbie" by the media because of her previous image of dyed blonde hair and surgically enhanced breasts. At the time of her sentencing her image had changed completely and proceedings had to be delayed while she was sedated.

Comments
  • ? - 2011-02-11 12:18

    I hope she rots there

      Alwyn - 2011-02-11 12:33

      Do you know her?,,,She is NOT a bad person,She has accepted GOD in her life and we are not suppose to judge,

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-02-11 12:36

      She deserve it, she must rot in jail, just like any other criminal.

      Talk500 - 2011-02-11 12:42

      The fact that she has "found God in her life" does not make her not guilty!! Abusers of children should rot in hell.

      resentphil - 2011-02-11 12:42

      @Alwyn: how can someone who sexually assaults 11 children and manufactures child pornography not be a bad person?? You sound as deluded as her, stating that her defense was that she was "under the power of Prinsloo" when she did those things. You reap what you sow, and now she must pay for her acts.

      Sick&tired - 2011-02-11 12:51

      Alwyn, I bet you to the children affected by her and Dirk your useless information will not mean much or bring any comfort. Abused children never get over the hurt, humiliation, guilt and shame. God lessens the pain but you never forget. She did this on her own. Crying now won't help.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-11 13:15

      Alwyn, a psychiatrist would not be a bad option

      betha - 2011-02-11 13:31

      @alwyn so is that how Christianity works.... ill say im sorry and give some money to the church and all will be forgotten

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-11 13:38

      Alwyn, KEN jy vir BARBIE ?...lol...

  • Jelly - 2011-02-11 12:55

    She should rot in jail for what she has done, just like any other person out there! It is not funny how every convicted criminal at some point "found/accepted" God in their lives?? They should have done that prior to committing their horrendous acts because then they could have spared their victims a lot of pain! P.s She should have gotten at least 15 years instead of 7.

  • Minkymoo - 2011-02-11 12:57

    Anyone who has never been under the control of a psychopath will not understand what these people can do to your head. They are poisonous, fear instilling monsters and they play these terrible mind games with the ones they supposedly love without the victim realising what is happening. I was in such a relationship where my ex husband alienated my entire family, got rid of every single friend I ever had and then he went on to have several affairs. When I found out about the affairs he told me I was mad and that they were just friends, which was not true. You could see him doing something right in front of your eyes and he would turn it around to such an extent that he made you look like you had lost your sanity. This lady was under the influence of such a monster and I really do not believe that she was in her "right mind" because of this man's influence. I feel so sorry for her victims but she too was a victim of this vicious man's debauched lifestyle and control over her. Cezanne just hang in there girl, you are loved by so many people and you will get your day.

      Krush - 2011-02-11 13:12

      You are 100% right. People do not understand mental disorders nor the power a sociopath can have over you. They demoralise you and break you down till you feel your own worth is in what this person sees in you, you then begin to do everything they want just to be able to please them and feel a sense of self worth. It is brainwashing. Many people say "oh you need to be weak or pathetic to succumb to that" but in truth MOST people subjected to that kind of abuse will react the same way. However, if you do the crime you must do the time and she must be punished for her crimes, they have consequences. People do however need to learn to separate the person from the crime, it's not easy though.

      ctjohn01 - 2011-02-11 13:49

      If this is the case then she still needs to be removed from society. She committed a serious crime, and irrepairably damaged people simply becasue someone managed to manipulate her? Anyone like that is a danger to society, as much as they are to themselves.

  • Janine - 2011-02-11 13:02

    Good - she is where she deserves to be.

  • TikkieTrots - 2011-02-11 13:17

    If you have accepted God into your life, the first thing you will realise is that you must be held accountable for your actions and serve out the sentence your government has apposed upon you. She has been found guilty without a doubt and must thus serve her sentence.

  • Greg - 2011-02-11 13:20

    Check her facebook page. What a prat! She is where she belongs, unfortunately not for long enough, and now, having 'found' 'God'........ Mental disorder was not confirmed. She was a slut and nothing more with paedophile tendencies. All good to blame the guy, who should rot too, next to her, but she is an intelligent woman, not a retard with no control over herself. He didn't hypnotise her, so at the first signs she should have run. Rot in jail B*itch. My sympathy goes to those she messed with. Hope their claim goes all the way. She deserves nothing good.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-11 13:37

    This is some F-dup shit...do the crime, do the time...NO bail, straight to jail...

  • gwildone - 2011-02-11 13:41

    I am not condoning her actions, but people who murder do less time. Just saying.

  • Cheryl - 2011-02-11 13:45

    Alwyn - I am sure while accepting God she can think how she has stuffed up kids lives FOREVER...... You go look those abused kids in the eyes and then tell me I must not judge her.

      Alwyn - 2011-02-11 15:03

      agreed,but you may still not judge,,, I pray for those kids and hope that they will have normal lives

  • Nice Guy - 2011-02-11 14:01

    This is an outrage. I thought Barbie was a wonderful person and its outrageous that such a beautiful woman should not be set free

  • Minkymoo - 2011-02-11 14:07

    @Krush, I appreciate your comment and I agree that if a crime has been committed punishment is necessary, I just found that 7 years of prison in this instance was extremely harsh as there are murderers that get away scott free (i.e., the Brett Kebble murder) and this girl has to sit for 7 years for a crime that was also aimed at her by a very very sick individual languishing in a Belarus jail. Several people came forward and told their stories of what he had put them through which was enough to make any judge take cognisance of these stories and re-look at Cezanne's case. This did not happen. Justice injustice? I think so!!

      Alwyn - 2011-02-11 15:04

      aT LAST SOMEONE THAT SEES THE LIGHT

  • ZACynic - 2011-02-11 14:26

    Overall, I just feel sorry for her. She was smart, good looking (before the boob job), and had the world at her feet, before she met that scumbag. She must have had very low self esteem to go along with what he was doing, and she must have known as a lawyer that what they were doing was wrong. Now look at her. Just a lesson in how to mess up a life. Hell of a shame. And all the pain and distress to the kids that got caught up in it. It's just a tragedy all round. No winners here...

  • Alwyn - 2011-02-11 15:01

    ek is verbaas om te sien hoeveel reaksie my comment opgelewer het,net die volgende,ek stem saam dat wat sy gedoen het is onverskoonbaar,maar wie is ons om te oordeel,en as sy die Here gevind het,wees eerder bly vir haar,En ongelukkig of gelukkig sien ek die goed in elke persoon,as ek dan n sielkundige moet gaan sien dan moet ek seker maar,maar ek oordeel nie

      4daluvofSA - 2011-02-11 15:55

      I don't understand Afrikaans but it looks like you are very pissed off. You forgot to add exclamation marks. ;-)

      ignorance - 2011-02-11 20:59

      OK OK say 3 x Hail Mary's, donate at least R50.00 to the SPCA, smile very kindly at the next street beggar you encounter at the interception and all will be forgiven.

  • Mart - 2011-02-11 15:34

    she did the crime and must now do the time. 7 years in my opinion was not enough for her crimes. a supposedly intelligent person considering her occupation, she has no excuse that I can accept. she had the capacity to choose and she chose wrong...simply put, stop pussy footing around and if your new found faith is genuine, go and do good behind bars to atone for your transgressions.

  • BeagleFigo - 2011-02-11 16:58

    This individual has no place in society. Lock her up and throw the keys away where no one can find them..!!

  • theotjie78 - 2011-02-11 20:35

    She might not be a BAD person, and she may have asked for forgiveness, but it does not change the fact that she participated in this hideous crime. At the end of the day we ALL have to pay for our mistakes, in her case she has to pay for these mistakes by spending 7 years behind bars. When it comes to sex offenders and people that willingly take advantage of innocent children (especially in this case where these children were entrusted to both Dirk and Cezanne), there should be no leniency when the sentences are handed down. She might regret her actions NOW, yes, but as a survivor of sexual abuse, let me tell you that her involvement in those situations has forever altered the lives of the girls they abused. No matter how much time goes by, that event will ALWAYS be there in the back of their minds. It never goes away. Life goes on, the wounds heal, but the scars remain. For that reason alone, Cezanne does belong behind bars. Her sudden regret and change of heart do not do anything in terms of healing those children. By denying her this appeal, the courts are - FINALLY - sending a message that these crimes will no longer go unpunished. I feel sorry for her family, but even more so for her victims. She should see these 7 years as a lesson to be learnt.

  • theotjie78 - 2011-02-11 20:37

    She might not be a BAD person, and she may have asked for forgiveness, but it does not change the fact that she participated in this hideous crime. At the end of the day we ALL have to pay for our mistakes, in her case she has to pay for these mistakes by spending 7 years behind bars. When it comes to sex offenders and people that willingly take advantage of innocent children (especially in this case where these children were entrusted to both Dirk and Cezanne), there should be no leniency when the sentences are handed down. She might regret her actions NOW, yes, but as a survivor of sexual abuse, let me tell you that her involvement in those situations has forever altered the lives of the girls they abused. No matter how much time goes by, that event will ALWAYS be there in the back of their minds. It never goes away. Life goes on, the wounds heal, but the scars remain. For that reason alone, Cezanne does belong behind bars. Her sudden regret and change of heart do not do anything in terms of healing those children. By denying her this appeal, the courts are - FINALLY - sending a message that these crimes will no longer go unpunished. I feel sorry for her family, but even more so for her victims. She should see these 7 years as a lesson to be learnt.

  • Morne Brits - 2013-06-11 09:56

    let him without sin.....

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