Modelling scout's rape trial postponed

2016-03-18 16:08
Dawie de Villiers in court. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Dawie de Villiers in court. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - The trial of modelling scout Dawie de Villiers was postponed in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Friday.

Judge Cassim Moosa agreed to postpone the case as De Villers' lawyer had some urgent personal matters to attend to.

Dressed in his signature black suit and red shirt, Roodt quickly left the court following the postponement.

He was expected back in court on March 22.

The court gallery was almost completely empty during the short proceedings.

De Villiers, who owns modelling company Modelling South Africa, faces 38 counts of rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, sexual grooming, possession and accessing of child pornography, as well as fraud and theft.

He allegedly raped and sexually violated several teenage girls between 2011 and 2012.

One of the charges he faces is the rape of a 15-year-old girl in 2011.

He allegedly asked the teenager to have a relationship with him and to send him a picture of her private parts.

De Villiers is also accused of indecent assault after he penetrated an adult female from behind against her will. In the same year, he also allegedly pushed his fingers under a 14-year-old's ski pants.

He then allegedly told the girl that she aroused him sexually and asked her to send him pictures of herself naked or wearing lingerie.

He faces further charges of exposing two children, aged 7 and 10, to pornography.

The court has heard testimony from several witnesses, including De Villiers's ex-wife.

She claimed to have found explicit images of one of her husband's alleged victims in 2009.

The couple had two children together.

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