Snatcher dad case on hold

2012-12-10 22:17

Johannesburg - The case against a father who allegedly kidnapped his daughter at the Waterkloof Primary School last week was postponed by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday, police said.

Warrant Officer Annabel Middleton said Ray Pahlo, 42, and five of his co-accused would appear again on Friday.

He was charged with contempt of court as he had apparently breached a High Court order prohibiting him from taking the child from her foster family.

Middleton said Pahlo now also faced a charge of child-abuse as the child had sustained emotional trauma in the incident.

His five co-accused faced charges of conspiring to commit a crime, child-abuse, and the initial charge of kidnapping.

Pahlo allegedly snatched his 7-year-old daughter at the school last Wednesday.

She was found with her father and a female accomplice at a Lydenburg guest-house on Thursday.

Middleton said the girl had been snatched when her foster mother was dropping her off at school.

Four men, aged between 21 and 25, pretending to be police officers, approached the woman, forced her from her car, and tried to tie her up.

Pahlo emerged and apparently grabbed the girl and sped off.

The girl was not harmed, but police said she had been traumatised by the incident.

  • childrens.rights.7 - 2012-12-11 05:09

    Quick to charge the father with child abuse because of emotional trauma but mothers can do it on a daily basis to their children. I will never understand the laws in this country.

      Denice Fourie - 2012-12-11 06:28

      If im reading the article correct the mother of this case did not cause her child any emotional abuse at all . As the mother was also a victim in the crime that had taken place . The law wil not just punish without enough evidence to do so . I agree that its not just fathers that abuse their children but mothers and thats why the Court of Law punishes the one who did the crime . I would appreciate it if people can stop questioning the law because of their own personal feelings!

      Denice Fourie - 2012-12-11 06:44

      When I read your comment it sounds to me that you have some personal pain while writing a comment on this article. Mothers and Fathers abuse their children. Thats why the Law provides justice . The guilty party should be punished and the Court of law wont do anything without enough concrete proof to base its verdict on . For that reason I say that you dont have to worry about the Law acting in an unfair way towards gender . Please dont feel negative towards the Law and remember not all mothers and fathers abuse their children . You get amazing parents that give their children all the love ,caring and safety they'll ever need! I say its great for the Law for catching another criminal.

      arie.vdplaats.3 - 2012-12-11 08:03

      @ Denise Fourie. I wish more people would take the stance you take about not questioning the law if it does not suit your PERSONAL feelings. Surely personal feeling should take the back burner where it concerns the greater community.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-12-11 09:28

      Agree with the above comments, however, what I would like to know is why the child is in foster care in the first place?

      anne.erasmus - 2012-12-11 10:06

      If this little girl is in foster care then there is obviously more to this story than mother vs father. At the end of the day, the child's welfare is what is important and should be protected by law. The mother in this case was not involved at all - her foster mother was held up. We do not know all the facts, but you could at least read the article properly before passing judgement.

  • gary.dasilva - 2012-12-11 07:03

    Why did the kidnap his daughter - why was he driven to such desperate measures. What is the real story - what is the truth

      lebona.boitumelo - 2012-12-11 10:46

      according to the 1st new reports its due to a custody battle turned ugly between the parents hence the courts decided to be the child in foster care. What i cant understand though as how a custody battle can last 7years

  • childrens.rights.7 - 2012-12-12 05:33

    Denice Fourie, you are right in saying I have my personal pain, but was not abused. I am talking about our justice system being biased towards the mothers of children, they see the mother as the care giver and the father as a sperm donor. I lost faith in our justice system a long long time ago. Its costing fathers a lot of money to fight for the right just to see their children. Mothers accusing fathers of abuse and getting protection orders for false allegations. What do you know about the law not being biased? I don't know the full story but for a father to go as far as this father did there must be a reason. People don't know the pain fathers have to live with not seeing their children not having a say in their children's life's, the fathers are at the mercy of the mothers. Are all mothers really the better parent?

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