Child-porn accused prosecutor hires private lawyer

2017-07-03 20:27
The accused in the Parow Regional Court. (James de Villiers, News24)

The accused in the Parow Regional Court. (James de Villiers, News24)

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Cape Town - A suspended state prosecutor who faces charges of child pornography and sexual assault has hired a private lawyer, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday.

The man, whose name is known to News24 and who may not be identified so as to protect minors involved in the matter, appeared in the Parow Regional Court on Friday.

The matter had been on the roll for new attorney William Booth to come on record, said NPA regional spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila.

However, he was unable to be at court and sent another attorney from his office.

READ: Film body drafting report for child-porn accused prosecutor

The matter was postponed until August for the man to consult with his lawyer and for further particulars to be hand over.

He is out on R1 000 bail.

At his last appearance, it emerged that the Film and Publication Board (FPB) was analysing child pornography alleged to be connected to the man.

The State had requested a report from the FPB to inform its charge sheet annexures on child pornography.

The FPB is mandated to analyse and classify DVDs or digital media confiscated from accused people.

According to its website, it has to determine whether this contains pornographic material, and to issue a report and certificate to ensure successful prosecution.

The board has certified content analysts who act as expert witnesses in such cases.

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