Mpuma molester sick - court hears

2013-07-17 22:38

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Nelspruit - The Nelspruit Regional Court heard on Wednesday that a convicted child molester who sexually abused his friend's daughters should be declared a paedophile.

The psychological crime expert Colonel Petunia Lenono said in court after interviewing the children that Carl Lotter was psychologically unfit to be around children.

"He poses a threat to children and needs to undergo a prison programme.

"He arouses sexual urges from children and after my interview with the victims and their families, I found this has traumatised them and their school performance has dropped," said Lenono.

"Such offenders go for treatment after the first offence and later as it lapses or with no therapy, the risks of their sexual urges become a much greater risk."

Lotter pleaded guilty to charges of child molestation and is out on R8 000 bail despite having a previous conviction for indecent assault on a nine-year-old committed in 1998.

He received a suspended sentence for the crime.

Lotter was arrested in 2009 for molesting the two girls between 2006 and 2009.

The court heard that the two girls used to visit him on numerous occasions at his home.

Lenono said Lotter built trust with the girls, aged seven and nine.

She said he touched their private parts and made them touch his own genitalia in return.


"In my finding, he made the girls believe what they were doing is acceptable.

"The children were groomed in a manner that they established a closer relationship with him, visiting him at his house," she said.

Lenono told the court that she tried on several occasions to meet Lotter for an interview without any success.

Probation officer from the Barberton Magistrate's Court, Junior Mavayeya, who interviewed Lotter, said the victims and their families also suggested direct imprisonment.

"Based on my interview with him, the victims as well as the parents and looking at the case docket, I recommend a sexual offender's programme for him.

"He has acknowledged the offence and has a limited budget for a fine.

"In prison there is a 12-month programme done by Correctional Services.

"He would come out a changed person," Mavayeya told the court.

Coert Jordaan, for Lotter, said the court should take into consideration that the case has been dragging on since 2009.

"It has been delayed many times in 2010 and again on 14 October 2011.

"Lotter pleaded guilty but the court again postponed the sentencing. It went on being delayed while [the media] went on a smear campaign that affected him severely and he lost his job.

"The case went on being delayed by the prosecutor and no action taken by court.

"In January this year, it was postponed for sentencing and there was a problem with a machine", Coert told the court.

Coert asked the court to give Lotter a suspended sentence or a fine as there were no injuries sustained by the victims.

He said his client had also showed remorse by pleading guilty and has been to therapy.

The matter was postponed to 6 August for sentencing.
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