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SCA upholds 12-year sentence for predator swim coach

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The Supreme Court of Appeal, in Bloemfontein, dismissed the swim coach’s application to be placed under house arrest, after he was found guilty of having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old.


25 Mar 2020
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SCA upholds 12-year sentence for predator swim coach

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The courts have ruled that a Pretoria swimmer and one-time coach who continued to pursue an underage schoolgirl in the face of a protection order, ultimately developing a sexual relationship with her, got what he deserved when he was jailed for statutory rape and violating a protection order. The Supreme Court of Appeal, in Bloemfontein, this week dismissed the man’s bid to have his sentence of four years’ imprisonment set aside and replaced with house arrest. His legal team argued that the man had “had no malicious intent, but rather inappropriately fell in love with a girl, much too young...

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