Pae­dophile case post­poned

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A 40-YEAR-OLD Kemp­ton Park man who is be­ing charged with 718 charges re­lat­ing to rape, pro­duc­ing child pornog­ra­phy and dis­tribut­ing child pornog­ra­phy ap­peared in the high court in Joburg yes­ter­day.

In his sec­ond ap­pear­ance, the man, whose name is be­ing with­held in or­der to pro­tect the iden­ti­ties of his un­der­age vic­tims, still had his sig­na­ture wooden cross around his neck.

The mat­ter, which was heard by Judge Cas­sim Moosa, was post­poned in or­der for his de­fence, Ad­vo­cate Janette Hen­zen-Du Toitto have time to pre­pare af­ter his pre­vi­ous de­fence lawyer pulled out.

State ad­vo­cate, Ad­vo­cate Riana Wil­liams told Judge Moosa that the state was ready to pro­ceed with the case but was will­ing to wait un­til the de­fence is ready.

Wil­liams also re­quested that Judge Moosa warn the state’s wit­nesses to pre­pare them­selves to ap­pear on the post­pone­ment date, fail­ing which a war­rant of their ar­rest would be is­sued.

The mat­ter was then post­poned to Fe­bru­ary 6. The man is to re­main in cus­tody un­til then.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment, two of the girls that ap­pear in some of the video ma­te­rial and pho­tographs, aged five and 17 re­spec­tively, have been iden­ti­fied as the chil­dren of the man’s former lovers.

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