Karate coach should get bail - cops

2011-11-29 13:16
Johannesburg - A police report on a Johannesburg karate coach accused of sexual assault does not indicate he should be denied bail, the Randburg Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday.

Investigating officer Joel Ngobeni said there was nothing negative in the police report that would indicate the karate instructor could not be traced or would flee the country.

When asked what the police report said about bail, Ngobeni stated: "The docket suggested R3 000 bail."

Ngobeni was answering questions from the man's lawyer, Jacques van Heerden.

Accusations


The 68-year-old man is accused of indecently assaulting nine of his students. They claim he fondled their breasts and touched their private parts.

On Monday, the court heard that the students' parents were worried about the coach being granted bail.

Ngobeni testified that the students were attending counselling sessions and would fear for their safety if the instructor was granted bail.

The State said new allegations - including rape - against the coach emphasised why he should be kept in police custody.

Ngobeni told the court two more women had claimed they were sexually assaulted by the coach.

- SAPA
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