Model agency boss: judg­ment awaits

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JUDG­MENT in the case against Kemp­ton Park model agency boss Dawie de Vil­liers on charges of rape, sex­ual as­sault, sex­ual groom­ing, pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy, fraud and theft was post­poned in the high court in Joburg yes­ter­day.

Judge Cas­sim Moosa read through 27 tes­ti­monies from wit­nesses who tes­ti­fied for the State against the founder of Mod­el­ling South Africa, who also stands ac­cused of un­law­fully ex­pos­ing his two chil­dren to pornog­ra­phy. All the charges date back to 2010. Judge Moosa read onto the record the tes­ti­monies of a 22-year-old woman who was al­legedly raped by De Vil­liers when she was 15.

He also read the ev­i­dence of a woman who was al­legedly mo­lested and sent in­ap­pro­pri­ate mes­sages, as well as the tes­ti­mony of a woman who was al­legedly de­frauded of R50 000.

The judge read through the other 23 tes­ti­monies from State wit­nesses and said he would con­tinue with the de­fence’s tes­ti­mony next Thurs­day.

In Septem­ber, the court heard clos­ing ar­gu­ments in the case against De Vil­liers – who also faces a charge of in­tim­i­da­tion aris­ing from an email in which he threat­ened to kill his ac­cuser.

Dur­ing the trial, ad­vo­cate Jac­ques Pien­aar, act­ing for De Vil­liers, said the words ex­pressed in the email con­ver­sa­tion be­tween De Vil­liers and Yolande Smit were merely an angry re­sponse to the al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault made by an as­pir­ing model.

The ac­cused and Smit had been in a six-year re­la­tion­ship, the court heard.

In the email, De Vil­liers said that he would kill one of the girls who had ac­cused him of sex­ual as­sault. Smit said that De Vil­liers only said he would kill his ac­cuser be­cause he was angry. Smit said she had con­tacted the com­plainant who told her that the ac­cused had tried to force him­self on her.

Dur­ing the trial, De Vil­liers de­nied all the al­le­ga­tions and main­tained that his ac­cusers were con­spir­ing against him.

The case was ad­journed to next Thurs­day. – ANA

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