Rape trial: fourth boy tes­ti­fies

The Witness - - NEWS - SHARIKA REGCHAND

AN­OTHER boy who was al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted by school coun­sel­lor Dar­ren God­dard said “he was a good man and then he de­cided to do naughty things”.

The 12-year-old was the fourth boy to tes­tify so far in the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg high court in the sex­ual as­sault and rape trial of God­dard.

The boy was al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted dur­ing 2015 and 2016 when he was at the school where God­dard was a guid­ance coun­sel­lor. He said God­dard used to make him sit on his lap, hug him tightly and put his hands in his pants and play with his pri­vate parts. He said that when the as­sault was over, God­dard would hug him and kiss him on the head.

The boy said he felt happy at this stage be­cause he knew it was time for him to go back to his class­room. He also said that just be­fore he would leave the of­fice, God­dard would play­fully slap his be­hind. He said he did not like it when he was touched in­ap­pro­pri­ately.

Un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by God­dard’s ad­vo­cate Shane Matthews, the boy agreed that the coun­sel­lor would “com­fort” him when he used to cry be­cause of be­ing bul­lied. The boy also agreed that he had seen God­dard as be­ing his friend.

The ad­vo­cate sug­gested to the boy that God­dard de­nies that he’d picked him up and put him on his lap, but the boy in­sisted that it hap­pened.

Matthews also put it to the boy that God­dard will say he would put his hand around him when he was cry­ing. The boy said yes. When Matthews said God­dard never touched him in­ap­pro­pri­ately, the boy said he did. God­dard also de­nies play­fully hit­ting the boy’s be­hind.

The case has been ad­journed to Mon­day. • sharika.regchand@wit­ness.co.za

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