Model agency boss case de­layed

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CON­VICTED model agency boss Dawie de Villiers will be able to en­joy his free­dom a lit­tle longer after his sen­tenc­ing was de­layed yet again in the Joburg High Court yes­ter­day. The founder of Mod­el­ling South Africa was found guilty of rape, sex­ual as­sault, sex­ual groom­ing, fraud, ex­po­sure of pornog­ra­phy to chil­dren and ac­cess to child pornog­ra­phy in Fe­bru­ary. Pros­e­cu­tor Arveena Per­sad ar­gued that De Villiers was a felon and it was not right that a con­victed rapist was roam­ing the streets, de­spite be­ing found guilty of such a se­ri­ous crime. The min­i­mum pre­scribed sen­tence for rape is life im­pris­on­ment. “They know what their client has been con­victed of, we have to move for­ward, how long are we go­ing to post­pone the mat­ter?” Per­sad asked. Ear­lier, Per­sad told the court that the tran­scriber said that the tran­scripts of the ar­gu­ments had been re­ceived, but the State’s case and De Villiers’s tes­ti­mony were still out­stand­ing. Per­sad said she was not given a rea­son as to why the out­stand­ing parts of the record were still not avail­able. Ad­vo­cate Ri­aan Greyling, for De Villiers, op­posed his client’s bail be­ing re­voked. Later, the tran­script prac­ti­tioner said a call was logged by her col­league who said that there was a back­log. Judge Cas­sim Moosa ex­tended bail, adding that the same con­di­tions ap­plied. The mat­ter was post­poned to July 24. – ANA

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