Ex teacher jailed for raping boy, 7

2011-04-21 22:03

Cape Town - A retired school teacher was on Thursday jailed for five years for the rape of a 7-year-old boy in 2007 and 2008.

“You are a paedophile, and have this problem for quite some time. You can't teach an old dog new tricks, and the time has come for punishment,” Paarl Regional Court Magistrate Norma Smile told convicted paedophile Ian Appleton, 72, of Sea Point.

One of the worst problems in the Western Cape was child abuse, she said.

In addition to the jail sentence, Smile also ordered that Appleton’s conviction be recorded in the Register of Sexual Offenders, and declared him unfit to possess a firearm.

Appleton had known the victim's father for some 50 years, and the two had been close friends, according to prosecutor Rialda Jacobs.

Smile allowed Appleton leave to appeal his sentence in the Western Cape High Court, after an application brought by defence attorney John Riley.

The court's public gallery was packed to capacity by people representing anti-child-abuse organisations.

Appleton was given special permission to be seated alongside Riley, instead of in the dock, after the lawyer lamented about persistent snide remarks from the gallery, that he said disturbed Appleton and affected his concentration.

The magistrate said she welcomed the presence of the anti-child-abuse groups at the hearing, but said she would not tolerate bad behaviour.

She said she had studied the “Guide to Sentencing in South Africa”, and case law concerning the punishment of sexual offenders, and the "bottom line" was that the sentence should be neither too harsh nor too lenient.

It had to reflect society's abhorrence of sexual offences. South Africans had a right to security and to live in safety.

Appleton's case in fact called for a life sentence, but there were compelling and substantial circumstances justifying a less severe sentence, she said.

The fact that Appleton pleaded guilty did not lessen the trauma suffered by his victim and his victim’s family. She said children could no longer play safely in the streets, as they used to, without fear of harm.

The number of child abuse cases before courts daily was "overwhelming".

"In the old days, if the parents had to work, the grandparents or neighbours looked after the young children. Today, we see fathers being jailed for abusing their own children,” Smile said.

I give you my word

She allowed Appleton leave to appeal his sentence in the Western Cape High Court, after an application brought by Riley.

Riley asked the court to extend Appleton's R1 000 bail pending the outcome of the appeal. Jacobs countered that Appleton was now a convicted rapist, and had to launch a new bail application, pending the outcome of his appeal.

He had to prove substantial and compelling circumstances justifying his release on bail.

Appleton assured the court that, if released on bail a second time, he would go to prison if his appeal failed.

Asked what his substantial and compelling circumstances were, he said he had a house in Sea Point that had to be cleaned, a domestic servant in her 60s who needed his care, and that he had to pay the monthly bills.

Asked how he felt about having to go to prison, he replied: "I don't look forward to that in the least."

Jacobs added: "I put it to you that you do not want to go to jail."

"Would you like to go to jail?" he replied. "I will come back. I give you my word for that. I will go to jail if my appeal fails."

Jacobs said there were no compelling circumstances justifying his release on bail for the second time, and that the purpose of the application was merely to prolong his freedom.

She added: "It's just for your own comfort, there are no other reasons."

Smile extended Appleton's previous bail, but increased it to R10 000, and placed him under house arrest until his return to court on May 3, for the outcome of his new bail application.

She warned Appleton: "Make sure you stay put at home. I don't want any negative reports about you when I return."

  • Freakfloyd - 2011-04-21 22:52

    Oh boy, Appleton you thought you would get away with it again, Rot in hell, Your money could not buy everything. But still out and appealing, its sick, dirty old man

      Frungy - 2011-04-22 03:06

      I agree. He pleaded guilty, so okay, maybe halve the sentence for honesty down from 25 years to 13 years. But 5 years??!! And appealing it in my book should be an automatic reinstatement back to the 25 year sentence because it shows he has no remorse.

      Creeky - 2011-04-22 14:28

      Now if only someone will start taking on those Roman Catholic Priests...

  • Shadango7 - 2011-04-22 00:57

    5 years?!?!?! I don't care if he's 72, it should be at the v LEAST 25 years! This child will be damaged for the rest of his life. These ppl never, ever rehabilitate. Perhaps castration would be a solution to the problem. How can we send a msg if these laughable sentences are given out. And he's already been convicted. wtf.

  • aquinas - 2011-04-22 02:08

    A shocking sentence! What was the magistrate thinking about? I hope the State will lodge a cross-appeal to have it increased to life!

  • Shai-hulud - 2011-04-22 06:51

    A pathetic 5 year sentence? This pervert should be locked up for life.

  • whiteass - 2011-04-22 07:21

    5 Years!!, for destroying a 7 year old, I hope that he becomes someones bitch in jail,

  • L-H - 2011-04-22 07:39

    So now owning a house and having a domestic worker is grounds for a lesser sentence???? WTF?

  • Janine - 2011-04-22 08:27

    I grew up in CT and actually remember this man from when he taught at one of the local schools. I am appalled at the sentence given to him - he should never see the light of day again.

  • Fred - 2011-04-22 08:38

    7 years for sodomising a baby, the judge is as sick as the paedophile, he should never be able to leave jail the sick bastard. All crimes committed against children should have a mandatory life sentence.

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-04-22 10:24

    My word, he is 72 and an ex-teacher. And only now has he been caught? How many children has this man destroyed? 5 years or 25 years.. what difference does it really make? This little boy's life has been ruined. Prevention.. we need to be vigilant! They love to be in jobs and situations where they have free acess to children. Bring back the death penalty for child rape. Then we'll see how many will still be doing this. And in the mean time please teach your children from an early age about their rights, the difference between good and bad touches and most importantly good and bad secrets... Confident, secure children are less likely to be abused. Is your relationship good enough with your child that he would confide in you if someone in a position of power in his life was doing this?

  • rix.wallace - 2011-04-22 11:54

    only five years, not enough!!

  • Monica - 2011-04-22 18:40

    Send him to Robben Island to go and clean up. Let him find his own meals and sleep in the bush!

  • Jeffery - 2011-04-27 14:41

    I'm a male childhood abuse survivor. Please don't say "the child's life is ruined". The child's life is NOT ruined. He will have some issues for the rest of his days perhaps, but NOT ruined. How would you like to be that one that people say "Your life is RUINED now." It's like saying "there is no use in going on; kill yourself right now." I know this thing; I've tried. Support the child and condemn the abuser (and castration does not work on peadeophiles). Put all the abusers in a common state and a common prison and let them do unto themselves what they have done to others - whatever, I don't care. But ... while condemning the abuser, don't condemn that child to the same hell - or an even worse one. Very sad in my eyes; I have seen too much of this thing. Sorry if I offended you.

  • Simon Bosman - 2011-08-22 11:47

    how can you even think of bail , you sick bastard

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-22 23:26


  • Oliver - 2011-08-23 07:22

    Sick, send him to he can feel the pain that child went through....

  • Lejoe Joang - 2011-08-23 08:04

    Whats wrong with these people? this is a 2nd story similar story happened in Marble Hall Limpopo. Fry these bastards,Hang them wth their pill on the iron pole till they decompose.

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