Rape accused modelling boss threatened one of his victims - court hears

2016-09-28 14:27
Dawie de Villiers in court. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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

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Johannesburg – Rape accused modeling boss Dawie de Villiers did not want to "physically kill" one of his alleged victims after he threatened her, the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge heard on Wednesday.

His former girlfriend testified that she was angry after she discovered nude photographs of a woman on his personal laptop in 2009.

State prosecutor Arveena Persad asked her about an email he allegedly sent in March 2009, in which he threatened to kill one of his alleged sexual assault victims.

"I don't think he physically wanted to kill her," the woman told the court.

When she left the stand, De Villiers looked at her and nodded. He looked calm and confident in a neat suit during his brief court appearance.

He faces 38 charges – rape, sexual assault, sexual grooming, intimidation, possession of child pornography, fraud, and theft. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

De Villiers allegedly raped and sexually assaulted several teenage girls between 2011 and 2012. Among the charges he faces is the rape of a 15-year-old girl in 2011.

On Tuesday, De Villiers' lawyer told the court that the alleged rape victim only said she was raped because she was under 16 at the time, and not because it was against her will.

Judge Cassim Moosa agreed with the parties that judgment would be handed down on November 30. De Villiers would remain out on bail until then.

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