Durban child porn accused weeps in the dock

2016-12-01 15:04
Durban child porn accused "Accused 1", Jacques Rheeder and Gavin Faustmann appear in the Durban Regional Court. Accused 1 cannot be identified as he has been charged with rape and has yet to plead. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Durban child porn accused "Accused 1", Jacques Rheeder and Gavin Faustmann appear in the Durban Regional Court. Accused 1 cannot be identified as he has been charged with rape and has yet to plead. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - Three Durban men made a brief appearance in the city’s regional court on Thursday facing a raft of charges relating to the production, dissemination and possession of child pornography.

Gavin Faustmann of Pinetown and Jacques Rheeder of Waterfall were allegedly found in possession of illicit images.

Accused Number 1 in the matter, who hails from the Bluff, may not be named as he has also been charged with rape, sexual assault, and the sexual grooming of a 6-year-old child.

He may not be named so as to protect the child's identity.

According to information placed before the court, the sordid web was unravelled when Faustmann’s IP address was logged by the US Department of Homeland Security after he accessed a flagged child pornography website.

Thereafter, a warrant of arrest was issued and during the course of his detention, his electronic equipment was seized.

Faustmann then allegedly revealed the identities of Accused 1 and Rheeder, who were subsequently arrested.

The child was identified as Accused 1’s neighbour, and after investigators took a statement from the girl, it emerged that she may have been raped.

Faustmann broke down in the dock after the three were remanded in custody for a formal bail application next week.    

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