Former boxer Gerrie Coetzee acquitted

2013-05-30 12:07

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Cape Town - Former world heavyweight boxing champion Gerrie Coetzee has been acquitted on a charge of failing to register himself as a dental technician, the Cape Argus reported on Thursday.

Cape Town magistrate Mogamad Esau reportedly found on Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence to convict Coetzee, 58, of practising dentistry without a permit.

According to the newspaper, the State had called a SA Dental Technicians' Council registrar, who testified that he had found no formal certificate showing Coetzee was a dental technician.

The defence said he was qualified but had lost his documentation.

Coetzee, nicknamed the "Bionic Hand", won the World Boxing Association title in 1983.

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