State wants abuse details suppressed
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.