Visser to appeal to Constitutional Court

2010-12-24 12:00

Johannesburg - Cezanne Visser has applied to the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal her seven year prison sentence for sexual offences towards children and women, a court official confirmed on Friday.

Visser was convicted on 11 counts last year in the absence of her former boyfriend co-accused Dirk Prinsloo, who is in jail in Belarus. She was sentenced in February.

Prinsloo fled South Africa to avoid the trial but was later convicted of bank robbery in Belarus and is serving a 13-year prison sentence after which he will be extradited.

Visser, who was an advocate, was found guilty of sexually abusing teenage girls she and Prinsloo, also an advocate, had befriended at a children's home.

Acting Judge in the High Court in Pretoria, Chris Eksteen, found her guilty on 11 charges, which included two of indecently assaulting an 11-year-old and 14-year-old girl and soliciting a 13-year-old girl to commit indecent acts.

She was also sentenced on a charge of defrauding a children's home in order to get them to allow children to spend weekends with them.

The judge also linked her to the indecent assault of a 20-year-old woman, indecently assaulting two other younger women and the possession and manufacturing of child pornography.

'Advocate Barbie'

In May the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed an application to appeal the matter.

Visser was nicknamed "advocate Barbie" by the media because of her previous image of dyed blonde hair and surgically enhanced breasts. At the time of her sentencing her image had changed completely and proceedings had to be delayed while she was sedated.

During the pre-sentencing proceedings, forensic criminologist Eon Sonnekus said that Barbie was severely depressed before and during the sexual offences and this had contributed to her inability to resist the manipulation of Prinsloo, who is 16 years older than her.

Counselling psychologist Micki Pistorius testified that she believed Visser was the victim of a "sexual sadist" and became a "sexual sadist" for fear of losing Prinsloo or of him harming her mother.

Visser was a "textbook example" of a battered woman whose own moral values had broken down.

But, the prosecution felt she was not remorseful and that she had lied.

Read more on:    cezanne visser  |  child abuse
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
4 real car inventions that seem like science fiction

Vehicle design and tech have come so far so fast, that what seemed impossible has become reality. These are some of the fun and exciting innovations that have found their way into vehicle tech.

/News
 

The driverless luxury car of the future!

Watch this video of the Mercedes Benz F 015 concept car, the company’s vision of a driverless future.

 
 

Luxury living

WATCH: Private luxury island for sale!
10 of the most ridiculous celebrity purchases, that cost millions!
Karl Lagerfeld spotted with custom gold Apple Watch
The most luxurious dog house!
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may have extra responsibilities you need to deal with right now and you need to create the necessary boundaries and...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.