State wants abuse de­tails sup­pressed

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MPHO MA­SUKU

THE PROSE­CU­TOR in the mat­ter of a 22-year-old man ac­cused of sex­u­ally abus­ing Park­town Boys pupils has asked that their dig­nity and pri­vacy be pre­served.

Colleen Ryan re­quested that the 65-page in­dict­ment not be in­cluded in the court doc­u­ments, cit­ing the pro­tec­tion of the pri­vacy and dig­nity of the young vic­tims.

Ryan was speak­ing at the Jo­han­nes­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day at the hear­ing of the former water polo coach at the pres­ti­gious boys’ school.

“In the in­ter­est of the vic­tims, the State re­quests that the in­dict­ment not be in­cluded in the court doc­u­ments,” Ryan said. His lawyer did not ob­ject to that. The ac­cused had ar­rived in court with two peo­ple, a man and a woman who were about his age.

Af­ter the hear­ing, which lasted about 15 min­utes, he, his lawyer and the two com­pan­ions quickly left the court­room.

The mat­ter is sched­uled to go on trial on Septem­ber 8 at the high court in Joburg.

The sus­pect, who can­not be named due to the sen­si­tiv­ity of the case, faces 160 charges that in­clude sex­ual as­sault, as­sault with the in­ten­tion to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm, sex­ual groom­ing, ex­po­sure of a child to pornog­ra­phy, and child ne­glect. He is out on R3 000 bail.

At the time that the crimes were al­legedly com­mit­ted, the man worked as an as­sis­tant house mas­ter at the school. Al­le­ga­tions are that he was pho­tographed on video fondling a 15-year-old male pupil.

The video al­legedly sur­faced in Novem­ber when the house mas­ter was in­ves­ti­gat­ing video footage while in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of stolen goods.

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