Three new charges against school guidance counsellor

2016-08-24 06:00

THE former school guidance counsellor, charged with abusing young boys, avoided the angry gaze of parents in the public gallery when he appeared in court to face three new charges on Monday.

The former counsellor now faces a total of seven charges - three of rape and four of sexual abuse.

Parents of the victims and their supporters lined the public gallery, several of them arriving early to ensure “front row” seats.

A group of concerned citizens also again gathered outside the library holding placards condemning child abuse.

However, the counsellor did not give the public the satisfaction of meeting their eyes. He swiftly entered the “accused” dock, averting his eyes from the gallery, and sat down. He then sat sombrely waiting his turn, speaking only to his lawyer during a break in proceedings.

The mother of an alleged rape victim said her son draws pictures in which he hangs himself.

Two of the charges added against the counsellor on Monday are for the alleged rape and sexual assault of the same seven-year-old boy.

According to the charge sheet, the state does not know the dates on which any of the offences took place.

The first four counts allegedly occurred at the school, but according to the charge sheet the new offences were committed at a different place.

It is not known in what circumstances he allegedly had contact with the victims.

According to the charge sheet, the counsellor is charged with rape of two seven-year-old boys and one nine-year-old boy.

He is also charged with sexually assaulting two nine-year-old boys and a seven-year-old boy as well as a boy whose age is not noted.

The sexual assault charges involve allegations that the victims were “touched” inappropriately.

State prosecutor Thandeka Mkhize told magistrate M. Boikhutso that the matter is going to be dealt with in future by the office of the KZN director of public prosecutions (DPP).

The case was adjourned until 21 September pending the decision of the director of prosecutions.

The counsellor currently remains in custody.

It is understood that his lawyers have filed a bail appeal in the high court, but no date has been set for the hearing.

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