Sexual assault trial of ex-coach at Parktown Boys High School postponed

Magistrate's Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)
Magistrate's Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

The trial of the man accused of sexually assaulting boys at Parktown Boys High School has been postponed until Tuesday. 

The case was meant to continue on Monday before Acting Judge Peet Johnson at the High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court. 

Several witnesses were meant to take the stand, but proceedings had to be postponed because defence advocate William Robertse had been booked off by the doctor. 

The 22-year-old former assistant water polo coach walked into court dressed in a black suit, white shirt and blue tie, with relatives accompanying him. 

Last week, he admitted to 144 charges of sexual assault, the National Prosecuting Authority's Phindi Mjonondwane told News24. 

Mjonondwane also added that there were a further 183 charges which the State would need evidence on in order for him to be charged.

The charges range from rape, sexual assault, attempted murder, showing pornography to minors, and sexual grooming. 

The allegations emerged after he was caught on a surveillance camera allegedly fondling a 15-year-old pupil's genitals in the common room of the school's hostel in November 2016.

The accused left court shortly after the announcement of the postponement. He remains out on bail as the case continues.


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