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Jurie Els acquitted

2009-12-04 13:25

Pretoria - Afrikaans singer Jurie Els was today acquitted on all charges of sexually molesting his former protégé Robbie Klay as a child.

A jubilant Els told reporters he had always known that he would be acquitted if he just told the truth.

Els said he had already forgiven Klay but believed the young singer "needed help".

Acting judge Chris Eksteen acquitted Els in the High Court in Pretoria on two charges of indecently assaulting and a charge of soliciting Klay to commit indecent acts while he was a minor.

The judge said although there was "a suspicion" against Els, a suspicion was not enough to convict him.

He said although Els had not impressed the court and portrayed Klay as virtually an imbecile while blowing his own horn, there was no reason to reject his evidence that nothing had happened between him and Klay.