The state is considering appealing the suspended sentence given to a Hillcrest man who pleaded guilty to a total of 1550 counts of child pornography related charges.
The accused was arrested late last year and was sentenced at the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Tuesday, 31 July.
The National Prosecuting Authority’s Natasha Kara said the accused was sentenced to five years imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years with conditions, including a condition that he must pay R80 000 to an identified NGO in Pinetown.
“The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in KwaZulu-Natal, Adv. Moipone Noko is considering calling for a transcript of the judgement and sentence to understand the decision further. An appeal is an option we have at our disposal (pending the DPP’s perusal of the aforementioned documents),” said Kara.
This follows a similar case in which a Waterfall man, Jacquees Rheeder (35) and a Durban man, Tiaan Malan (31) were each given a five year prison sentence for Child Pornography at the Durban Magistrate’s Court last month.
Rheeder was arrested in 2016 after child pornography images were found at his Riverview Road home, while pornographic images of minors where seized from Mala’s Ridge Road home in 2017.
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