Model agency boss fails to have offences discharged

JOHANNESBURG – Judge Cassim Moosa on Wednesday refused the application by model agency boss, Dawie de Villiers, to have a range of sexual offences charges, including rape and sexual assault, against him discharged.

De Villirs had sought to have charges of exposure to child porn, rape, sexual assault, sexual grooming, compelled self-sexual assault, intimidation, fraud, possession of child pornography as well as accessing child pornography, discharged.

De Villiers was appearing in the High Court sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court, where his application to have several charges against him discharged was heard.

His defence lawyer, Jacques Pienaar listed the charges, which he argued the State lacked evidence for. He then asked the judge to discharge them.

State prosecutor, Arveena Persad, told the court that she agreed that some of the charges could be dismissed.

She, however, charges such as rape, fraud, pornography as well as the accessing of child pornography as serious.

The judge then read out the application by the defence and discharged the counts of indecent assault, crimen injuria, sexual grooming, sexual assault and fraud – mainly because witnesses did not testify.

Judge Moosa told De Villiers that he would still have to face the remaining charges.

Addressing the rape charges, Persad told the court the witness had explained that she was a virgin until she met De Villiers and it would be incorrect to discharge her evidence.

Persad also reminded the court of evidence of a boy who had testified that he had seen naked girls, as well as girls in bikinis at De Villiers’s home.

She then read the boy’s evidence where he testified to have seen some of those women’s breasts.

The judge noted the boy’s evidence where he revealed that De Villiers took pictures of naked girls and that he saw some have sex, which in his explanation, was when a girl’s breasts were being touched.

Court was adjourned until Friday.

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