Dockets pile up in R3m Cape Town brothel blackmail case

2017-06-09 15:44

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Cape Town – Several dockets are piling up against apparent Cape Town brothel owners who allegedly blackmailed clients by threatening to post videos and photos of their sexual antics on social media.

This emerged on Friday when Shantel Bridger, 45, and Juan Francois Warren, 39, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court, alongside Camilla Amelia de Waal Rossouw, 29, Fareez Allie, 35, and 41-year-old Achmat Toffa.

Prosecutor Helene Booysen called Bridger and Warren for a number of cases first before the five were told to stand together for a joint appearance.

The pair was identified as key figures in the apparent extortion scheme following investigations by the Hawks’ anti-human trafficking team.

Hawks spokesperson Lloyd Ramovha said the pair allegedly pocketed almost R3 million between 2012 and 2015 by claiming to have recorded sexual encounters at certain establishments.

The group was arrested in February after raids at several properties around Parklands, Table View, and Milnerton.

Booysen revealed her intent to prosecute the accused on racketeering charges in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

Bridger has also been charged with attempted theft of a motor vehicle. It was not immediately clear whether this case was linked to the others.

Toffa was no stranger to standing in the dock. He was charged alongside Willem Frederick John Coetzer and two others for the murder of gay nightclub owner Bruno Bronn. Bronn was strangled in his Sea Point home in February 2012.

In 2014, the Western Cape High Court sentenced Coetzer to life imprisonment for the murder. Toffa and Fareez Allie were acquitted on murder and robbery charges.

Toffa was convicted of theft after the court found he had benefitted from the sale of Bronn’s possessions following the murder. 

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