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Rights group shocked by sex abuse sentence

2012-12-05 22:19

Johannesburg - Correctional supervision was too lenient a punishment for a Johannesburg karate coach who sexually assaulted 11 students, Women and Men Against Child Abuse said on Wednesday.

"We are shocked that the magistrate considers this an appropriate sentence," said spokeswoman Vincentia Dlamini Ngobese.

She said the organisation had expected the State to exercise its obligation to protect children.

Peter Foyn, 69, was sentenced to three years' house arrest by the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Magistrate Syta Prinsloo said Foyn would also have to do 20 hours of community service a month and undergo rehabilitation at his own expense.

In sentencing him, Prinsloo made reference to the sentence of five life sentences and another 175 years imposed on Johannes Steyn, known as the "Sunday Rapist".

Ngobese said Steyn would still be offending if he had not being caught.

"[He was caught for] crimes he had committed while he was supposed to be doing community service, under correctional supervision, for previous sexual assault convictions," she said.

"The seriousness of Johannes Steyn's crimes escalated over time while he was under State supervision."

Comments
  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-12-05 22:45

    Why aren't the ANCYWL marching against this instead of trying to get the UK courts to release Shrien Dewani? This sentence is even more insulting than Jub-Jub and Co.

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-12-05 23:00

      I hopep DA would have said said something by now, they won my support I hope they keep up to it.

  • shaun.miekle - 2012-12-06 06:24

    Our justice system sucks

  • linda.duits - 2012-12-06 06:44

    This is disgusting, put the sick sod away for life and through away the key.

  • Johan5417 - 2012-12-06 08:06

    On the face of it the sentence appears too lenient. One is not informed of all the facts that were taken into account at sentencing. One is also not informed the nature of the sexual assaults. Calling for life imprisonment is just silly. However, I am somewhat surprised that there was no jail time.

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2014-03-01 07:22

      Johan, this pervert was found guilty of 11 counts of sexual abuse, that itself deserves jail time. Whatever nature the sexual assaults is immaterial. Sexual offenders rarely, if ever become rehabilitated and life imprisonment is indeed appropriate, not for punishment or rehabilitation of the offender but to protect his future victims. Also to send the strongest message to other paedophiles and sex criminals, and their victims.

  • ANTHONYSOONTBFREEFAMILYNAMEKNOWLES - 2012-12-11 20:33

    ANY SEXUAL ASSAULT DESERVES PRISON TIME, ON CHILDREN DESERVES MANY YEARS PRISON TIME AS FOR RAPE OF CHILDREN DESERVES MINIMUM 20 YEARS

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