Sentencing of Cape Town paedophile resumes

2012-02-17 10:08

Johannesburg - The re-sentencing hearing of convicted paedophile Ian Appleton, who was found guilty of raping a 10-year-old boy, commences in the Paarl Regional Court on Friday.

A full bench of the Western Cape High Court set aside the sentence on December 21 2011 and ordered that the 74-year-old retired accountant and schoolteacher, instead be sentenced to correctional supervision involving a short period of imprisonment.

It ruled that he then be released into house arrest.

Judges Daniel Dlodlo and Vincent Saldanha referred the case back to the Paarl Regional Court, for Magistrate Norma Smile to decide the period of imprisonment, and the duration of Appleton's house arrest.

Developed friendship with boy’s parents

Appleton was found guilty of performing oral sex on the boy in 2008. He was convicted in November for rape under the new Children's Act.

At his trial, it emerged that Appleton had developed a long-standing close friendship with the boy's parents, who gave him unlimited access to the child.

The judges said the magistrate had considered correctional supervision inappropriate, due to the seriousness of the offence.

They said Appleton was currently receiving rehabilitative therapy for paedophilia, and had undertaken to continue with the treatment at his own expense.

This would ensure Appleton was properly managed, monitored and rehabilitated, to enable him to assume accountability and responsibility for his condition, the judges said.

‘Scourge of sexual abuse’

They said State advocate Mornay Julius, in opposing the appeal, had referred to the scourge of sexual abuse of children, and the impunity with which it happened "almost on a daily basis".

The judges said correctional supervision should not be regarded as a "light sentence", as it served the specific purpose of rehabilitation.

If the offender failed to strictly comply with the restrictive conditions applicable to correctional supervision, the offender would be brought back to court to be sentenced afresh.

  • Snoopy.zn - 2012-02-17 10:24

    I REPEAT, YOU CAN'T REHABILITATE SEX OFFENDERS. Specially these zooming in on Kiddies. At 74, he shouldn't even be thinking of sex. F@ck Tart! Shoot him. Sick minded F@ck! Shove a grater up his ass.

      Vicky - 2012-02-17 10:32

      Geez I wish I could give this comment 1000 "thumbs up"!!!!! somebody should engrave it on the judge's bench; THEY CANNOT BE REHABILITATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Newsmonger - 2012-02-17 12:48

      knowing paarl I am surprised no one hasnt ridden over this rubbish with a harvester. Or dragged him through the streets with a tractor.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-17 10:25

    Are these lawmakers on crack????? There is NO rehabilitation for these sick creeps!Castrate him and lock him away for the rest of his life!If he hasnt "seen the light" by 74..... hello it aint gonna happen!

  • Jerzy - 2012-02-17 11:19

    Sick savage. The devil is disguise.

  • Graham - 2012-02-17 11:29

    Minimum Sentence: Castration by brick followed by impalement on a very thick pole.

  • Christopher - 2012-02-17 11:33

    This perverted apology of humanity has been at it since the early 1960's. Carefully grooming parents and their kids. IAN APPLETON has been the scourge of Sea Point and surrounds for decades, the only gaps in his molestations are when he was pursuing his particular brand of perversion overseas. Old money/expensive legal team have made a mockery of NPA and the law of the land. After he pleaded guilty in this particular case I attended several of the many drawn out court appearances to be supportive of these "extremely BRAVE PARENTS" (This has been dragging on for years now) When APPLETON has been caught red handed in the past, he has shown similar remorse and vowed to stay away from children. IAN APPLETON at it again.... and again. Countless generations of young lives tainted and families destroyed because of this pervert. Apply the law as is applicable and rid society of this monster, that is jail for the rest of his life. I am a surviving VICTIM OF THIS SAME IAN APPLETON!!!!!

  • Christopher - 2012-02-17 11:35

  • hlongfamily - 2012-02-17 12:44

    Cut his balls off. He has been trying this since the early 70's when he was our acountantcy teachers, and 1st Rugby and Cricket coach at CBC. No time for him, he even tried his luck on me, when I was concussed during a rugby match. Rot APPY ROT

  • Snoopy.zn - 2012-02-17 13:00

    I take my hat off to the Gents who spoke out against this creep. Good going guys, and sorry to hear of your pain.

  • Schmee - 2012-02-17 14:18

    How one earth do parents trust anyone after this? He has destroyed more lives than the lives of the boys he raped. How can someone even defend this creature? And I immediately thought of Schabir Shaik when I read this sentence: "If the offender failed to strictly comply with the restrictive conditions applicable to correctional supervision, the offender would be brought back to court to be sentenced afresh."

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