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Paedophile's appeal shatters family

2011-12-21 18:29

Cape Town - A couple from Paarl are "shattered" that the man who sexually abused their 10-year-old boy three years ago has had his five-year jail sentence overturned.

A full bench of the Western Cape High Court set aside the sentence on Tuesday and ordered that retired accountant and school teacher Ian Appleton, 74, instead be sentenced to correctional supervision involving a short period of imprisonment. It ruled that he then be released into house arrest.

The boy's mother, who cannot be named, told the Cape Times newspaper that the justice system had failed her son. She said only a life sentence would have satisfied her.

“The system lost the fact that a young child had been raped, not once, but many times," she said.

"I’m completely shattered. I’m a very sad woman today. It is a crying shame. What message is this sending to mothers of children who have been raped?

“They lost sight of the crime. It is also sad to see how money can influence the system. He is wealthy and can hire the best lawyers.”

Testify

The boy’s father said that, as parents, their biggest regret had been not putting their son on the witness stand.

“We made the wrong decision. He’s a strong little kid. Had he testified, things might have turned out differently.”

Judges Daniel Dlodlo and Vincent Saldanha referred the case back to the Paarl Regional Court, for Magistrate Norma Smile to decide the period of imprisonment and the duration of Appleton's house arrest.

Appleton was found guilty of performing oral sex on the boy in 2008. He was convicted last month of rape under the new Children's Act.

At his trial, it emerged that Appleton had developed a long-standing close friendship with the boy's parents, who gave him unlimited access to the child.

Therapy

The judges said the magistrate had considered correctional supervision inappropriate, due to the seriousness of the offence.

They said Appleton was currently receiving rehabilitative therapy for paedophilia, and had undertaken to continue with the treatment at his own expense.

This would ensure Appleton was properly managed, monitored and rehabilitated, to enable him to assume accountability and responsibility for his condition, the judges said.

They said State advocate Mornay Julius, in opposing the appeal, had referred to the scourge of sexual abuse of children, and the impunity with which it happened "almost on a daily basis".

The judges said correctional supervision should not be regarded as a "light sentence", as it served the specific purpose of rehabilitation.

If the offender failed to strictly comply with the restrictive conditions applicable to correctional supervision, the offender would be brought back to court to be sentenced afresh.

Comments
  • Cecile - 2011-12-21 18:39

    THAT ANYONE CAN THINK (ESPECIALLY A SUPPOSEDLY-EDUCATED PERSON IN OUR LEGAL SYSTEM) THAT A PAEDOPHILE CAN BE REHABILITATED ABSOLUTELY SLAYS ME. SHOW ME ONE REHABILITATED PAEDOPHILE, AND I'LL SHOW YOU A FLYING PIG.

      Jeffrey - 2011-12-21 20:08

      Damn right Cecile. These "people" cannot be rehabilitated. Things are really sick in the justice system.

      fernibat - 2011-12-22 12:28

      EXACTLY! The fact that anyone can ever believe they have the right to do this to a child says it all!! Rehabilitation - what a JOKE! The only way to rehab a sicko such as this, is to cut it off and put him away FOREVER! What does the legal system and government not get about this? The basic, BASIC duty that adults have to children is to PROTECT them! There is NO REHAB possible, there should be NO TOLERANCE, there should be NO FORGIVENESS!! Lock these pricks away and throw away the key!

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  • Lyndatjie - 2011-12-21 18:39

    I feel sick to my stomach. A paedophile will say and do ANYTHING to get to the object of his sick fantasy. How can a judge who is supposed to protect society from these sick f*cks THINK that they can believe or trust anything that comes out of this perverted pig's mouth? Ship this sicko to Saudi Arabia and let the courts there take its course because this country is clearly UNABLE to protect us!

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  • Peter - 2011-12-21 18:46

    That is a light sentence as far as i am concerned for such an act.He should be made to think a bit more than that for his act !!!!

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  • Hermann - 2011-12-21 19:01

    Crime 100% Justice 1% - wonderful report card to close the year on.

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  • chiepner - 2011-12-21 19:05

    WTF is up with our justice system. Corrupt officials gets "sick leave", murderers gets their sentences over turned and get a "get out of jail free card" and now this. a Frikkin child molester gets a nice cosy pat on the back and send home. I wonder, when all these judges and parole boards that is suppose to be the last and fist line of defence for our law abiding citizens do they think of how they would of felt if it was their kid that got brutally molested by a bloody pervert! Something just does not seem right with our laws and system at the moment. Criminals that have violated and took away the rights of their victims seem to be afforded even more rights than those lives they so destroyed. If this is the case and this is how our law looks after those it is suppose to protect then I can assure you, any creepy bastard that puts his hands on my kid will die by my hands because if I leave it up to our outstanding failing justice system they will probly get a slap on the wrist and get send home with a bag full of sweets.

      Leon - 2011-12-21 19:29

      Welcome to to the good ol' RS of A

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  • Joseph - 2011-12-21 19:07

    Money talks in South Africa not justice.we are not equaly before the law.

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  • fishycraig - 2011-12-21 19:09

    Paedophiles can not be rehabilitated. Period. He will do it again. Let's hope there is someone out there with a rusty pair of shears for this guy.

      PickedAllMyWeeds - 2011-12-22 12:35

      All I know is if I were the parents of this child, I'd have myself a rusty axe handy!!

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  • Freddie - 2011-12-21 19:09

    What would the sentence have been had Mr Appleton had his way the judges children? Send the b@st#rd to rot in jail! Damn right, injustice system-what a disgrace

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  • Ian - 2011-12-21 19:15

    the sick bastard should have been hung, oh gross he has the same first name as me grrrrrrrrrr, ;(

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  • Leon - 2011-12-21 19:27

    Open vice grip.....insert his balls.....squeeze slowly...

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  • Bianca - 2011-12-21 19:38

    As a mother of two young boys I would like to condemn this piece of sh*t to an eternity of hell fire. Why should the law take pity on him? Because of his age? What about the years of shame he has inflicted on an innocent child?? Oooooooh so, so sad :{

      NettWorth - 2011-12-30 16:58

      quite likely not the first time either - this does not start at 74!!!!

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  • Larry - 2011-12-21 19:39

    This is disgraceful and totally unacceptable.

      Leon - 2011-12-21 19:41

      Think it is time for some mob justice.

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  • Nombulelo Zenani - 2011-12-21 19:39

    God should really intervene

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  • Kathleen - 2011-12-21 19:43

    Paedophiles cannot be rehabilitated regardless of the amount of treatment they receive. Keep him inside away from any temptation otherwise if he breaks his conditions there could well be another victim whose life is ruined.

      Leon - 2011-12-21 19:46

      Fully agree. He would be loved in Pollsmoor...

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  • Jonathan - 2011-12-21 19:49

    It may serve the cause of rehabilitation, but it doesn't serve the cause of punishment and deterrent. The magistrate trumps the judges here.

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  • bruce.boome - 2011-12-21 20:07

    History shows us that when the state fail to protect their citizens, vigilante action becomes the peoples resort. There is no paedophile register, so how can people protect themselves? Too many "human rights" and not enough "human responsibilities".

      Leon - 2011-12-21 20:09

      Well said Bruce. I would rather break into neighbour's house, than not pay my t.v license. Penalty is worse for not paying license.

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:36

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  • Balletjies - 2011-12-21 20:09

    Hang hom by die b#llas

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  • inwardk - 2011-12-21 20:10

    "Correctional supervision should not be regarded as a light sentence" - PLEASE!!! Who are they fooling? These judges are insulting the public's intelligence. This is a travesty of justice and they know it.

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  • Karen - 2011-12-21 20:14

    "If the offender failed to strictly comply with the restrictive conditions applicable to correctional supervision, the offender would be brought back to court to be sentenced afresh." So what? We wait and see if he's going to ruin another child's life?

      Christopher - 2011-12-21 20:51

      Karen "FACT" This perverted apology of humanity has been at it since the early 1960's. Carefully grooming parents and their kids. IAN APPLETON has been the scourge of Sea Point and surrounds for decades, the only gaps in his molestations are when he was pursuing his particular brand of perversion overseas. Old money/expensive legal team have made a mockery of NPA and the law of the land. After he pleaded guilty in this particular case I attended several of the many drawn out court appearances to be supportive of these "extremely BRAVE PARENTS" (This has been dragging on for years now) When APPLETON has been caught red handed in the past, he has shown similar remorse and vowed to stay away from children. IAN APPLETON at it again.... and again. Countless generations of young lives tainted and families destroyed because of this pervert. Apply the law as is applicable and rid society of this monster, that is jail for the rest of his life. I am a surviving VICTIM OF THIS SAME IAN APPLETON!!!!!

      Thando - 2011-12-22 12:41

      Sorry to hear that man. I suppose our liberal laws make it easy for Appleton

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:37

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  • moshiffar - 2011-12-21 20:38

    He will continue with the treatment at his expense,do we really care.how about a poor 10 years old boy?nxa.

      Christopher - 2011-12-21 20:58

      YES WE DO! and all the others past and present and to make sure IAN APPLETON does not ever have the opportunity to do this again. REMOVE him from temptation to protect normal society! JAIL for LIFE

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  • adrie.vanbreda2 - 2011-12-21 21:34

    The world is full of sick people, sick sick...

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  • ACEUP - 2011-12-21 21:35

    come near my child u will be sorry

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  • Lea - 2011-12-21 22:31

    We can only hope that the media makes his life an absolute misery. May this man never find peace in freedom.

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  • Jason - 2011-12-22 08:13

    This Country's justice system is failing us horribly, may this sick f$ck never rest, IAN APPLETON - Karma my friend will find you - for sure!!

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:37

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  • Khabir - 2011-12-22 08:43

    South Africa only

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  • Wendy - 2011-12-22 09:51

    What goes around, comes round.. Lets hope it comes around quickly for Ian Appleton!

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  • Lionel - 2011-12-22 10:27

    This is ridiculous; it's a known fact that paedophiles cannot be "cured" - he should rot in gaol.

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:38

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  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-22 10:40

    rapists and murders should be locked up in a prison and made to do manual labour until they die. Then at least they can make a contribution to society and once they die they can fertilize the ground.

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  • EyesEars - 2011-12-22 10:42

    The wheel will turn! Not now, not soon, but the wheel will turn in it's own sweet time.

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  • Coral - 2011-12-22 11:16

    I think its disgusting...what has he done to this little boys life??? Putting him not only through two years of constantly having to remember this dirty pig of a man and what he did to him but he's also taken away his baby innocence. I completely understand why people (parents) at times take matters into own hands, because what we call our Justice system is a damn joke!!!

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:39

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  • Mandy - 2011-12-22 11:42

    ...

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  • Astrid - 2011-12-22 12:10

    He has destroyed a young life, let it not happen to another family, so put his picture up everywhere and destroy his life!!!

      PickedAllMyWeeds - 2011-12-22 12:32

      Yup, I like the way you think!

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  • Gail - 2011-12-22 12:11

    How many judges form a full bench? How are they selected in terms of gender? I really think that money shouldn't play a role in cases where children have been abused. Sure he is receiving therapy but what about the damage done to the boy? He should be made to pay damages for future therapy this boy may need with interest added on. The damages should be worked out by a female actuary and interest added because the value of this man's money will decrease over time. Ian Appleton is hopefully at the end of his life and should be made to do hard labour or alternatively work to pay to receive rehabilitation and all his assets confiscated and given to the young boy in trust. To my mind that is the only fit punishment.

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  • Shirley - 2011-12-22 12:41

    Laws in this country protect the criminal and punish the victim! He should be castrated and locked awasy for life! Shame on those judges!I hope one day God forbid if this should happen to one of their own they get the same sentence in their hearing!

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  • Kittiekind - 2011-12-22 12:45

    Since when can a paedophile be rehabilitated? It's disgusting that his sentence was overturned. He should sit for life, how many kids are out there that did not report this man? You can not tell me that at his age he only had one victim? The victim should sue him for pain and suffering and ongoing medical / psychological care!!

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  • NettWorth - 2011-12-30 16:52

    Absolute disgrace - they should put his full name and a photograph with this article, so that nobody else can be tortured by the same person. these people cannot be rehabilitated and he will strike again...

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:40

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  • Christopher - 2012-02-15 09:50

    IAN APPLETON back in court....Re-sentencing in Paarl court on Friday, 24th February. The appeal was upheld, because of a long 'sob story' and the incompetence of the state defense to slam the matter down! We all know that a lie is complicated and confusing but the TRUTH is simple and straightforward. Money has just bought him out of 5yrs.....let's see what else his money can buy him out of! It's frightening to think back on the moment he stood in the witness stand and confidently announced, (when the prosecutor told him that he would be put into jail) "Well, not according to my lawyer!". So, the spectacle continues..... Hoping to see you there, if you can make it. In the meantime, God Bless and keep you. With our most heartfelt thanks for your steadfast and continued support,

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