Cape paedophile released on bail

2011-05-17 19:15

Cape Town - Convicted paedophile Ian Appleton was released on R20 000 bail on Tuesday pending the outcome of his appeal to the Western Cape High Court against his five-year jail sentence for raping a 7-year-old boy.

The 72-year-old accountant and retired schoolmaster appeared in the Paarl Regional Court.

The courtroom was packed to capacity by members of anti-child abuse organisations, including the parents of the victim.

On the day that he was found guilty last month, magistrate Norma Smile increased his R1 000 bail to R10 000, but doubled the amount on Tuesday to R20 000.

She described as "pathetic" the R1 000 bail granted by the magistrate's court.

That bail lapsed on Appleton's conviction last month, and defence attorney John Riley had to launch a second application, pending the outcome of Appleton's appeal.


Anti-child-abuse supporters listened as prosecutor Rialda Jacobs' opposed the second application.

There were gasps and snide remarks from the gallery when Smile ruled that there were circumstances to justify Appleton's release on bail for the second time.

Angry people stormed out of the court room, and a police official had to restore order.

At one stage, Riley complained, calling "the behaviour of the audience obnoxious".

Smile said she understood the feelings of the community and of the public in court, but that she had to be objective in her ruling.


When the prosecutor said that Appleton could afford much more than R10 000 bail, the magistrate responded: "If R10 000 means nothing to him, the amount must be increased."

Smile said the bail had to be increased, "to ensure that Appleton is not tempted to abscond".

Riley said Appleton had not expected a second increase in the bail amount and Smile allowed him until the close of business on Friday to pay.

Smile said Appleton would be under strict house arrest as a bail condition, and that he would be allowed to leave his Sea Point home only to attend church or to visit a medical practitioner.

She warned that he was not even allowed to go shopping for groceries, and that he would have to find someone to do so for him.

  • False Belief - 2011-05-17 19:29

    he should be put through what he put that little boy through and then die a slow painful death!!! Absolute scum!!!

      frangelico - 2011-06-09 17:40

      I think a better optin would be for the judge to take him to his home(hope he has children) wine and dine this filth till his next court appearence

  • Warren - 2011-05-17 19:44

    Wooohooo, give him to us!!!!!

  • George - 2011-05-17 19:57

    WE!...are "watching YOU?".....24/7.....365 gregorian calendar days?...without allowance!..for "daylight savings?"....:(((((

  • nohorse - 2011-05-17 20:10

    Why must everything be turned into a racist issue? White or black, rapists do not deserve to live and we all should be condemning them instead of insulting each other along colour lines on forums.

  • Francis - 2011-05-17 20:23

    In other countries, once you have been found guilty you are sentenced and you start serving your sentence. During this time you organise your appeal, but while you do so you are in jail where you belong. How come in this country, people are found guilty and then left out on bail whilst they appeal, which could take years. This is not justice, this man was found guilty, sentence him and let him start his sentence NOW

      R.Suppards - 2011-05-17 21:09

      I agree Francis, They have been found guilty in a properly constituted court of law. Let them appeal from prison.

      Compassion - 2011-05-17 21:46

      I, too agree with you Francis. This is not justice. While the criminal is still able to walk around free, waiting for an appeal, they can easily escape the county and worse, continue to molest children.

      Krolie - 2011-05-18 07:50

      @Francis I fully agree. Unfortunately where it comes to jail, there is a revolving door syndrome in SA. Petty thieves=straight in Serious crimes=in and out (revolving door), or out until forgotten

  • Sir Eidolon - 2011-05-17 21:55

    Does anyone have this animal's address?

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-17 22:25

    President Zuma meets with the Queen of England He asks her, "Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give to me?" "Well," says the Queen, "the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people." Zuma frowns. "But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?" The Queen takes a sip of tea. "Oh, that's easy. You just ask them to answer an intelligence riddle." The Queen pushes a button on her intercom. "Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?" Tony Blair walks into the room "Yes, my Queen?" The Queen smiles. "Answer me this, please, Tony. Your mother and Father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?" Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answers, "That would be me." "Yes! Very good," says the Queen. Back in Cape town , President Zuma asks to speak with Julius Malema. "Answer this for me. Your mother and your Father have a child. It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?" "I'm not sure," says Julius. "Let me get back to you on that one." Julius goes to his advisors and asks everyone, but none can give him an answer. Finally, he ends up at the V&A Waterfront and bumps into Mark Lottering. Julius looks around to see if anyone can overhear them, and he whispers, "Mark! Can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it's not your brother or your sister. Who is it?" Mark whispers back, "That's easy. It's me!" Julius smiles and says "Thanks!" Julius goes back to Parliament to speak with Pres Zuma. "Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It's Mark Lottering." Zuma gets up, stomps over to Julius, and angrily yells into his face, "No, you idiot! It's Tony Blair!

  • Krolie - 2011-05-18 08:03

    This piece of scum's poster should be put up everywhere so that people will know what he looks like and report him being in shops etc where he is not supposed to be. He should not have access to a computer/internet. He should not be let out to go to church. He can watch broadcasts on TV. He can phone his grocery list through for delivery. He should not be allowed visitors whether family or friends. Who-ever is responsible on checking on him can must do so, and be there when visitors come for 1/2 hour visits once a month or once every 2nd month. He really should not have any privileges or comforts, but as the courts are lacking in doing their job properly, these privileges should be restricted completely. No walking outside in the garden either, as he can have contact with outside children or other paedophiles that way! Darn it. This creature belongs in jail! What the heck is wrong with the people/judges. How would they feel if this hits too close to home?

  • 8pixeldrops - 2011-05-25 05:47

    I say all murder's and rapist , pedophile should there human rights revoked just like a license and be sentenced to a facility that would do human trials on medicine on them so that in turn for the the damage to human rights they caused they should give back to Society medical by test to be run on there body's for free by the state and sold or rented out to pharmacological companies.So we can find a cure for cancer, Aids, and all sorts of Diseases. Just think a person that just killed 20 people how does it benefit anybody by keeping that person clothed and sheltered with rights .How does that not give comfort to those 20 family's that lost there loved ones. ones.

  • phillipvandyk - 2011-06-06 13:06

    Dear readers, im doing my doctoral on the affect that our laws has on peadofiles and what to do to save these helpless children. Im going to investigate alternates. one is to form a platform where a offender may step up and ask for help. remeber most pedo were victims....they need help. if it saves one child wouldnt it be worth it email youre comments to me please at refrein from being rude please.

      nspaynter - 2011-11-12 21:48

      I am a convicted paedophile (arrested in Franschhoek in May 2000) who has served a sentence and I have not re-offended. I never want to hurt another child again. I have emailed Phillip.

  • virginiagreenwoodwarner - 2011-06-09 16:40

    Why is it that the law gives him bail????? This country does not protect the very innocent against predators regardless of what it preaches.

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