Sentencing of the sexual predator, who was found guilty on five of the eight charges against him, has been postponed.
Claude Marais appeared before Regional Magistrate Delize Smith in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court on 7 February where his lawyer, Wynand du Plessis, on record, withdrew from the case.
Marais’ new legal team requested that sentencing be postponed to allow them to familiarise themselves with the details of the case.
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Smith said she could not refuse a postponement since Marais has a new lawyer and that efforts were made to obtain the court records.
Smith, however, made it clear that sentencing will not be postponed again as this is the oldest case currently on the roll.
According the mother of a 17-year-old victim, she is very frustrated and feels Marais is using this as a stalling tactic. “He has already been found guilty; changing lawyers now is just delaying the inevitable.
My daughter’s life has been ruined by this man. She still doesn’t want to go out alone and believes all men are the same.”
The father of the primary school victim said he is very upset. “Something is not right; this case has prompted me to enrol for a law degree to help me understand how this postponement could be acceptable”.
The probation officer’s report will be read in court on 5 April and sentencing will take place on 12 April.
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