Boy hugs stepdad who allegedly abused him

2013-08-28 00:00

A LITTLE boy who is alleged to have been the victim of sexual abuse by his stepfather, was seen running to the accused and hugging and kissing him in the corridor outside the regional court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

The trial of the 32-year-old man, who faces an allegation that he performed oral sex on his seven-year-old stepson, was delayed again yesterday, to enable the defence to make representations to the chief prosecutor.

The young boy, who was accompanied by his grandfather and his mother, spent the best of the day playing quietly in the corridors outside the regional court, while discussions took place.

At least twice he spontaneously ran to where his stepfather sat alone on another bench and hugged him before scampering back to his own seat.

The accused was also embraced by his wife and the boy before they left the courthouse for lunch.

State prosecutors earlier conducted separate interviews with the boy as well as with his mother.

In terms of bail conditions imposed when he was released on R3 000 bail in March this year, the accused was precluded from having contact with the boy and his wife. He is currently residing with his in-laws pending the outcome of his trial.

In an affidavit in support of his bail application at that time, the accused said that he shared a close emotional bond with both of them. His wife supported his release on bail.

When the case was called yesterday afternoon, defence advocate Dalene Barnard requested regional court magistrate Phumlani Bhengu to postpone the trial until September 16 pending representations to be made by the defence to chief prosecutor Nonhlanhla Dlamini.

Dlamini confirmed the arrangement.

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