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Karate coach appears in court

2012-01-17 13:44

Johannesburg - A Fourways karate coach briefly appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges related to sexually assaulting his students during training.

The 68-year-old man's case was postponed for a decision by a senior prosecutor on whether the case should be transferred to the special sexual offences court at the Alexandra Magistrate's Court.

His appearance comes after his bail application was declined late last year.

The coach, who cannot be named until he has pleaded, was arrested in November last year after several of his students, including an 8-year-old girl, alleged that he had sexually assaulted them between 2007 and 2011 by touching them inappropriately during training at his dojo.

Denies allegations


During his bail application hearing the coach denied the allegations and told the court that his dojo was full of mirrors and had a window through which parents could watch training sessions.

He said it was impossible to teach karate without physical contact and that while it was easier to give instructions to older students, he often had to hold his younger ones to help them with posture.

His lawyer, Jacques Van Heerden read out statements by parents of other students during the bail application saying they had never witnessed any sexual assaults at the dojo.

The matter will return to court on February 3.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-01-17 14:00

    Lock this peodo up before he catches the Shaiks.

      Nitro - 2012-01-17 14:26

      can't believe there are 5 retards (so far) out there that would give your comment a thumbs down

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:18

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  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-17 14:07

    Who is this dude anyway, why has he not pleaded so they can release his name???

      Louise - 2012-01-17 14:22

      Now they're only deciding which court to deal with this excuse for a human being in. Where there's smoke, there's fire - let him sit and wait! No bail for animals.

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:19

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  • Nitro - 2012-01-17 14:12

    68 year old!! Can he even walk nevermind teach Karate. Sick old man

      larisha.toffar - 2012-01-17 14:19

      LOL!!

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:19

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  • Oscar - 2012-01-17 14:22

    straight to prison you low life. Big papa and the gang is waiting for you.

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  • Oscar - 2012-01-17 14:29

    @nitro - agree with you Nitro - bet you they all friends of the low life piece of rubbish

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  • koo.doyle - 2012-01-17 14:31

    Something doesn't quite add up here. Why would he only have started molesting students a few years ago? If he's a pedophile, he has been for a loooong time. Let him have his day in court. And yes, if he's guilty, lock him up and throw away the key.

      Trent Hodges - 2012-01-17 17:55

      A lady has come forward saying he raped her in a hotel when she was 11 in the 1980s

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  • Lida - 2012-01-17 14:40

    why do people condemn without knowledge. My daughter did and does a type of karate and has physical contact with trainers and opponents. It can happen by accident. Give him a chance to say his bit. Do not be chickens without a head people.

      Oscar - 2012-01-17 14:45

      really Lida? tell you what, why don't you let him baby sit your daughter until such time he is found guilty.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-17 16:12

      Yep Lida, just like Bob Hewitt, they peados end of story

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-17 16:13

      He would not be sitting in jail if they did not have a case, go figure?!

      Anthony - 2012-01-17 18:28

      @Lida, Sure he must have his say in a fair court hearing. But if the suspicion is such, that there is a great possibilty, that these allegations are true, he should remain off the streets, at all costs. If the stories of these kids, are true, he has severely damaged them, for many years to come, if not the rest of their lives. Sure, there is a lot of body contact in a sport like karate, but there is a BIG difference between an "accident" and "sexual molestation" This is not just an incident where one child maybe "made something up", but allegations going over a 4 year period, by a number of youngsters. signed; Chicken without a head

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  • ronald.stilianou - 2012-01-17 20:46

    I happen to know this guy, Ive spend 12 years of my martial art career with him, and at no time did I get the idea that he is a peodo. If it is true then I will be realy shocked, I hope it is not true, he is a fantastic sensei.

      Anthony - 2012-01-17 21:14

      @Ronald.Stilianou, It is great you come up for your friend, and hope for you, he has not dissapointed you. But, these allegations are serious, very serious!!! Very few, realize what this does to a child, in many cases this child's life is ruined. It is not the sexual part, that does the damage. But you take away from a child, the most important ingredient to function properly: TRUST !! Many children who have been sexually molested, will NEVER EVER trust another person again, not even their close friends, nor their own family, and possibly not even their life partner !!!!!

      Tigra - 2012-01-18 08:57

      @Anthony - I was sexually molested as a child. My life was definitely not ruined and it didn't cause any trust problems either. I didn't even realize that what was done to me was wrong at the time. I only freaked out about it some years later when a psychologist was hammering me at my mothers' request because I was 'lazy' at school. The truth was I wasn't really lazy, I was just bored out of my mind. If this guy is guilty - he'll have his day in court. Let's not act judge and jury and convict him before that. The problem with molestation accusations, is that when one person makes an accusation, others will rethink their interactions with the accused and see it in a sexual light.

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:20

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