Court finds ex-Bryanston High sports coach not guilty in sexual assault case

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The Alexandra Magistrate's Court.
The Alexandra Magistrate's Court.
Lubabalo Lesolle
  • Aleshan Moodley, a former coach at Bryanston High School, was accused of sexually assaulting a pupil at the school.
  • On Tuesday, a magistrate's court found there was no foundation to the charges against Moodley.
  • The man's legal team had requested the case be dismissed as the prosecution had failed to present sufficient evidence.


The Alexandra Magistrate's Court has found a former Bryanston High School sports coach not guilty on all charges in a sexual assault case brought against him by a pupil.

"There are too many question marks in the complainant's evidence; there is no evidence in which a reasonable man can convict the accused. He is found not guilty," magistrate Gideon Schneitler said in a ruling on Tuesday.

This comes after the accused, Aleshan Moodley - through his legal team - brought a 174 application in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act on 26 April.

READ | My child would not 'lie about this' - mother testifies in Bryanston High School sexual assault case

The Act states that charges may be dismissed if, among other reasons, the prosecutor had not offered material evidence at the trial, News24 reported.

His lawyer, Sita Kolbe SC, previously told the court there was no tangible evidence or witnesses to back up the allegations made by the pupil.

The court also heard that the complainant only opened a case after Moodley did not make her netball captain.

READ | Ex-Bryanston High netball coach accused of sexual assault applies for case to be dismissed

The coach was accused of sexual assault by three pupils at the school. This was followed by a 17-year-old and her mother opening a criminal case.

Moodley was subsequently dismissed from the school after a disciplinary panel found him guilty of sexual harassment and financial mismanagement.

The accused had pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of rape, sexual assault and common assault.

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