Man convicted in k-word case tried to commit suicide

2015-02-06 13:34
Andre van Deventer. (<a href="https://twitter.com/Lynne_Joy" target="_blank">Lynne Joy Arendse, Twitter</a>)

Andre van Deventer. (Lynne Joy Arendse, Twitter)

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Cape Town - A man who received a correctional supervision sentence for calling his ex-girlfriend's domestic worker the k-word and assaulting her tried to commit suicide, the Cape Town Magisterate’s Court heard on Friday.

Magistrate Alta le Roux sentenced 36-year-old Andre van Deventer to house arrest for two years for assault.

She said he would also be required to complete 70-hours of community service, with a minimum of 16-hours a month. The community work would be in the service of black women.

Van Deventer, who admitted he had problems with aggression, drugs and alcohol, would also have to complete a number of programmes in this time to address substance abuse, social skills and behavioural issues.

He would not be allowed to own a firearm or use any substances either.

During the proceedings, his lawyer had told the court he had lost his job as a result of the case and had children to support.

Suicide attempt

He was also extremely stressed and had twice tried to commit suicide because he believed no one had any respect for him.

Le Roux acknowledged the burden of a court case on an individual and said Van Deventer now felt the disrespect his victim had felt.

"Every person has a responsibility to be a role model to their children and to be an example of how to handle conflict correctly," she said.

She believed correctional supervision and community service would instil in him self-respect and good behaviour.

Delivering the sentence in Afrikaans, Le Roux said Van Deventer would be allowed to apply for jobs from his home and could come to an arrangement with the correctional supervision department regarding work.

Van Deventer, who was dressed in a green shirt and khaki pants, gripped the dock throughout sentencing and rushed out of the courtroom afterwards.

Kente was not in court on Friday, but her lawyer said he had contacted her and she was happy with the sentence.

Found guilty

At the end of last year, he 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.

Kente previously told the court he grabbed her pyjamas, verbally assaulted her and spat in her face.

He admitted to the crimen injuria charge, but denied assaulting her.

Le Roux said the fact that he continued to deny the assault showed he had little remorse and that this had affected her final decision.

However, she took into account that he was a first offender and had pleaded guilty to one of the charges.

She said he had abused his position as an indirect employer and had stripped Kente of her dignity.

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