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8 Feb 2017
4:26 pm

Joburg model agency boss found guilty of rape, sexual assault

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The matter was postponed to March 8 for sentencing proceedings.

Dawie de Villiers in court. Picture: ANA

The Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday extended the bail of Kempton Park model agency boss after finding him guilty on a range of sex charges.

Judge Cassim Moosa increased his bail amount, and he will also have to report to the police station more frequently, before sentencing proceedings start on March 8.

Earlier

Dawie de Villiers was on Wednesday found guilty of rape, sexual assault, sexual grooming, fraud, exposure of pornography to children and accessing child pornography.

Moosa said he had no reason to doubt the testimonies of the witnesses who testified against De Villiers during the trial.

The founder of Modelling South Africa (PTY) was in 2010 charged with rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, sexual grooming, possession and accessing of child pornography, fraud, theft and unlawfully exposing his two children to pornography. He denied all the allegations.

Judge Moosa found that De Villiers had exposed his son to sexual and explicit acts and said the boy was too young to fabricate such a story. While testifying, De Villiers’s son told a representative from the teddy bear clinic that he saw people “doing sex” and saw the breasts and buttocks of some models at their home.

De Villiers denied exposing his children to pornography, conducting photoshoots at his home and performing any sexual acts in front of them.

Moosa read through the evidence of witnesses, who included the women he sexually assaulted, the woman he raped as well as the people he defrauded.

De Villiers had told the court the woman had requested him to take photos of her in lingerie, and he had informed her that he was not a professional photographer. He claimed she said she did not need the photographs to be professional.

He said she was not at the pool where he suggested they take photographs, but instead he found her in his bedroom in a bikini, which ended with her being naked on his bed.

De Villiers denied telling the woman to remove her clothing.

But, Moosa said he found the sexual assault testimonies credible.

Judge Moosa also read out de Villiers’s testimony – he denied raping a teenager who was 15-years-old at the time at his studio during a “disco-themed” photoshoot.

While testifying during the trial, the woman said De Villiers penetrated her on a couch that was in the studio where the photoshoot was meant to take place. She said following the photoshoot De Villiers gave her morning-after pills to stop her from falling pregnant, which he claimed was not related to the alleged rape incident.

De Villiers said the only photoshoot he did with the woman was after one of the modelling classes. He also denied using a smoke machine, which she said was present during her testimony.

He concluded that the only reason she came to lie to the court was because she was influenced by the television programme, Carte Blanche, which interviewed her about the alleged rape incident.

But, Judge Moosa said the woman, who is now 22-years-old, did not show any bias while giving her testimony and had subjected herself to ridicule.

Judge Moosa, however, dismissed allegations of intimidation and said the state did not provide convincing evidence.

He said the woman who was defrauded of R50 000 by De Villiers had not shown bias or conspired against him.

State prosecuter Arveena Persad said rape was a schedule six offence and asked the court to revoke De Villiers’s bail.

“The amount he paid for bail was for when he was still innocent but now he is a convict, the amount must be increased, and he reports more often to ensure that he doesn’t abscond.”

– African News Agency

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