K-word man sent to Pollsmoor Prison for 2 years

2015-06-22 16:38
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Cape Town- A man convicted of assaulting and calling his ex-girlfriend’s domestic worker a “kaffir” will now spend two years in jail after he breached his correctional supervision conditions.

An unshaven and twitchy Andre van Deventer, 37, showed little expression as the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court handed down the alternative sentence on Monday afternoon.

He was previously sentenced in February to two years of house arrest and 70 hours of community work in the service of black women.

Van Deventer was found guilty of assaulting 50-year-old Gloria Kente and spitting in her face in 2013 at the home he shared with his then girlfriend Mariechin Pienaar in Table View, Cape Town.

The State applied to the court for a new sentence on Monday after reading out his correctional supervision officer’s report, which revealed the extent to which he had breached certain conditions.

Couldn't afford petrol

His lawyer Alex Mgeni said his client accepted full responsibility for the breaches. He failed to pitch up for community service and supervision meetings because the unemployed father of three young children could not afford to buy petrol.

Mgeni then pushed for a fine rather than a jail term, saying his client had been in custody at Pollsmoor Prison since Thursday, which had taught him a “serious lesson”.

His client’s mother would ask the family for money and that this would then be paid back as a loan. His client still intended paying back the R50 000 damages that were awarded to Kente in a civil case.

But Magistrate Alta le Roux was not convinced.

Respect for others

“The long and short of it is that if I fine you, I will be sentencing someone else, not yourself,” she said with a stern expression.

She said the court had wished to rehabilitate him but he continued to deny his guilt in the crimes and did his own thing instead of what was required of him.

Le Roux said she hoped his stay at Pollsmoor Prison would give him the time to develop more insight and teach him to respect himself and others, regardless of their race or culture.

Outside the courtroom, Kente’s lawyer Peter Williams said she would be “extremely pleased” with the sentence.

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