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Stepdad found guilty of raping sisters

2012-08-27 11:35

Durban - A man who sexually abused his stepdaughters for nine years was found guilty of indecent assault by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban, the Mercury reported on Monday.

Larry du Plessis Zweigerlaar was also found guilty of raping Candice Bowman and allowing children access to pornographic material.

Bowman and Jackie Toms were 7 and 8 when they were first indecently assaulted.

Zweigerlaar was married to the sisters' mother from 1991 to 2000 when they divorced.

He pleaded guilty to some of the indecent assault charges but denied the rape charge.

Zweigerlaar was only charged in 2010 when he returned to South Africa from England.

The sisters had taken several years to come forward because they were scared to break up their family.

"It was first reported to their mother, but she did not take it seriously. Then they were asked not to break up the family, which has indeed happened," Judge A Mfayela was quoted as saying.

Mfayela found that the sisters had given credible evidence.

Zweigerlaar was denied bail because Mfayela found that he was a flight risk.

The sisters said they eventually decided to come forward because they wanted to help other victims of abuse.

Toms said: "We wanted to show that 21 years down the line it is still possible to come forward and have a voice."

Zweigerlaar will be sentenced in January.

Comments
  • Ali Aliberto Papi - 2012-08-27 12:13

    that mother must also taken into custody klaar...!

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-27 15:31

      Agreed. She is just as guilty for allowing this repulsive monster to carry on with his filth. I can imagine her type, 2 girls with different surnames and onto man number 3.

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-08-27 12:32

    hang the bastard!

  • bernice.thompson.77 - 2012-08-27 12:33

    A mother should never ignore a child when its as serious a ABUSE. A mother protects her child from this type of ABUSE. A mother teachers her child about abuse, so therefore you cannot call this women a mother because she did none of the above.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-27 12:57

    His kind must just rot in jail or be fed to the lions

  • nyaganyaga.ndawonda - 2012-08-27 13:03

    aw shame. poor girls. dont worry God will send you nice husbands who will love you. tell your mother to voetsek

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-08-27 13:19

      Seems too many SA men can't keep their %^&$ in their pants. Guess it starts at the top...

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-27 13:07

    Dear SA Law - Please ALSO find the mother guilty. NO MOTHER should ever choose herself over & above her childrens welfare. She does NOT deserve to have these girls.

  • Timmytomas - 2012-08-27 15:33

    I am about to bring my neck to the hanging noose. Where are those who say "only in africa"? where are those who think its only being done by a certain race never the other ones.? Where are the master rece now please stand up.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-27 15:43

      Every thread has one. The racist pig who just can't help himself. Idiot!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-27 16:28

    The bastard should be hung up by the balls until he is dead, and then some..

  • sheldene.stars - 2012-08-30 20:45

    no sentence will be good enough, let the healing begin for these 2 young ladies and let Larry's nightmare begin.............

  • dlokolo.lwando - 2012-09-01 00:37

    some people like 2 lean the hard way.it waz god given time.it waz his last time we connot say he must die but he must be sentenced.mothers out there do your jobs.dont let the law do it for you.protect your young onecs.if u don't do sow who will?then.

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