Wa­ter polo coach Rex found guilty


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I was very im­ma­ture and could have han­dled things bet­ter, he tells court.

De­spite calls for him to be ac­quit­ted, for­mer Park­town Boys’ High as­sis­tant wa­ter polo coach, Col­lan Rex, was found guilty on 144 counts of sex­ual as­sault and 12 counts of com­mon as­sault yes­ter­day.

When his trial at the High Court in Johannesburg, held at Palm Ridge Mag­is­trate’s Court, be­gan last month, Rex was fac­ing 327 counts. He has since pleaded guilty to 144 counts of sex­ual as­sault against 12 of the 23 boys who are com­plainants in the case.

The de­fence had pre­vi­ously ar­gued that Rex should be ac­quit­ted on a num­ber of charges due to the poor cred­i­bil­ity of some wit­nesses, re­ports Eye Wit­ness News.

Ear­lier this week, Judge Peet John­son ac­quit­ted Rex on 43 charges of the 183 that he pleaded not guilty to. The 22-year-old is yet to be sen­tenced.

Rex on Tues­day told the court – where he was fac­ing charges rang­ing from rape to at­tempted mur­der – that he re­alised that chok­ing the chil­dren, which he ad­mit­ted to hav­ing done, was “im­ma­ture”.

“I was very im­ma­ture and when I look back now, I could have been more re­spon­si­ble and han­dled things bet­ter,” Rex said while be­ing cross-ex­am­ined by state pros­e­cu­tor Arveena Per­sad.

“I re­alise that it was child­ish and I should’ve stopped.”

Dur­ing pro­ceed­ings yes­ter­day, he main­tained that it was not his in­ten­tion to kill any of the pupils.

Rex told the court he had been wrestling with a ma­tric boy and had to sig­nal for the boy to stop. It was sup­pos­edly com­mon at Park­town Boys’ to wres­tle each other.

Per­sad asked: “Why did you not bring it up while giv­ing your ev­i­dence? Why did you wait till I ask you?” “I don’t know,” Rex re­sponded. Rex pleaded guilty to the 144 sex­ual as­sault charges of 12 boys.

Ear­lier, he said he did not know why a num­ber of the boys would wrong­fully im­pli­cate him, adding that one of the boys would prob­a­bly wrong­fully im­pli­cate him be­cause he did not get along with the boy’s cousin.

Later, Per­sad ques­tioned Rex about a play­dough pe­nis. Rex said it be­longed to one of the boys and that he had re­turned it to him.

Dur­ing the trial, some boys tes­ti­fied that Rex tried to force them to suck the play­dough pe­nis. –

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