Relief for young 3 as sex offender is sentenced

2016-03-02 11:29


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Pietermaritzburg - A 26-year-old man who admitted he sexually violated three young Pietermaritzburg children is going to prison.

Morne Landman’s name will also appear on the national register of sex offenders, and he has been declared unfit to work with children after his release from prison in terms of a court order.

Landman, of Chasedene in ­Pietermaritzburg, pleaded guilty in the sexual offences court to sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl in 2011, exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl near a local primary school in June last year, and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in a bath in 2005.

In relation to the first two counts, ­regional magistrate Asha Dathoo ­sentenced Landman to a five-year ­sentence in terms of correctional supervision legislation, which will require him to serve one sixth (around 10 months) of the sentence in jail.

The remainder of the sentence may be served under correctional supervision.

According to a report before court this means Landman will remain under house arrest for the remaining period; will serve 16 hours of free community service every month; and will be required to undergo a number of life skills programmes including a programme aimed at rehabilitating sexual abusers.

In connection with the sexual assault of the boy, Dathoo sentenced Landman to a further five years’ imprisonment but ordered the sentence to be wholly suspended for five years.

The mother of two of the children who were abused by Landman told The Witness it was an extremely emotional experience for her and members of her family to witness the sentencing. “I am satisfied that he is going to be punished for what he did,” she said.

“His family in court were sobbing,” she added.

The woman said when she told her son and daughter about the sentences imposed on Landman, they expressed satisfaction. “My daughter is a different person today. It is as if a weight has been lifted from her shoulders.”

She said her son, to whom she spoke telephonically as he at present stays in another province, said the sentence was “fair”. She said her son had always said he believed “nothing would happen” to Landman.

The mother said there is an inaccuracy in Landman’s plea to court, however, since her daughter was 12 years old when she was violated by him in 2011.

“He did also molest her when she was five, but in 2011 when this happened she was 12,” she said.

According to a social worker’s report before court, the father of the two children had said he believed Landman was not only a danger to his children but to “all children”.

He said he wanted to see justice done for the emotional and physical pain his children and the family had to endure as a result of Landman’s actions.

The parents of the 11-year-old girl to whom Landman exposed himself also reported to the social worker that they were “sad and hurt” by his actions and said the whole family had suffered trauma.

The parents said that after the incident their daughter had developed a fear towards males, but this had improved with time. She was currently said to be coping well at school.

According to the pre-sentencing reports, Landman is not married but has a girlfriend and a child of his own. His girlfriend supported him emotionally.

He admitted having used drugs in the past but said he had stopped in January this year.

He also expressed regret for his actions and said he realised he made a “big mistake”.

Describing the incident when he “flashed” the young girl near her school, Landman said he drove to the area and parked at the side of the road. When he saw the child walk past he had knocked on his car window and when she looked at him he exposed his private parts to her. She ran away and he drove off.


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