Andries Retief made a brief appearance in the Parow Regional Court today. The 37 year old was found guilty of more than 2000 counts relating to child pornography.
Retief was granted an eight year suspended sentence on the condition that he doesn't commit any crime related to child pornography. His name has also been added to the national sexual offenders’ registry.
Eye Witness News Reporter, Natalie Malgas was in Parow earlier today, she reports:
According to Malgas the Magistrate explained the reasons for giving Retief eight years suspended sentence as:
- The state failed to prove that Retief showed any paedophilic tendencies
- Retief took treatment and underwent therapy willingly which the magistrate said he understands the severity of the situation
- The state also failed to prove whether this incident will have negative effect on the children
Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show: