Sentencing of child rapist postponed again

2017-06-12 16:59
Dawie de Villiers in court. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Dawie de Villiers in court. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg – The sentencing of convicted child rapist Dawie de Villiers was postponed yet again in the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday.

Prosecutor Arveena Persad told Judge Cassim Moosa that they had received an email saying that trial transcripts were still incomplete.

She said the transcripts would be made available within two weeks.

The case has been postponed a number of times since De Villiers was found guilty of the crimes.

During his previous appearance, Persad asked the court to revoke De Villiers's R15 000 bail while he awaited sentencing.

She also said De Villiers's decision to seek a new legal aid lawyer was a delaying tactic. His trial started in August 2015.

"It is not the right of the accused to be out on bail. The victims have the right to their justice, as well as society," Persad said at the time.

Persad said the victims were at risk.

De Villiers's new lawyer, Riaan Greyling, told the court that it was unfair to blame his client for the delay.

On February 8, Moosa found De Villiers guilty on 32 of 38 charges, including raping a child, sexual assault, fraud, exposing children to pornography, and accessing child pornography.

Moosa called De Villiers a poor witness and said his version of events had too many contradictions.

De Villiers claimed the State witnesses had lied and conspired with M-Net's Carte Blanche programme to harm the reputations of himself and his modelling agency.

The matter was postponed to June 27.

Read more on:    dawie de villiers  |  johannesburg  |  crime  |  sexual abuse

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