December date for rape trial

DARREN Goddard will be back in court on December 3 after his trial was postponed last Thursday.

Charged with the rape and sexual assault of a number of young boys at the school where he was employed as a guidance counsellor, eight boys so far have testified that the accused raped or sexually assaulted them during his time at the school.

The incidents allegedly all took place between 2012 and 2016 and Goddard faces up to 15 counts altogether — these include sexual assault and rape, accessing child pornography, and being in possession of child pornography.

Throughout the trial the children have testified through an intermediary in a separate, child friendly room.

Judge Kate Pillay also stressed throughout the court proceedings that the boys had nothing to fear in their attempts at telling the truth and emphasised to the boys that it was okay if they could not recall events clearly.

The court also took into consideration the toll put on the children by the lengthy period of the trial and allowed for the children to be given breaks when they informed the court that they were tired.

One more witness is set to take the stand to testify against Goddard when the trial resumes.

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