JOHANNESBURG – The defence in the case against a man accused of sexually assaulting over 20 pupils at Parktown Boys’ High says it will now consider how it will present its case ahead of a pre-trial hearing in September.
It was revealed in court on Wednesday, that the former assistant water polo coach faces at least 160 counts ranging from attempted murder, exposure to child pornography and grooming.
The 22-year-old was caught on CCTV camera fondling a 15-year-old teenage boy last November.
The defence has told the Johannesburg magistrates court that it needs more time to decide whether it will call witnesses to testify in the case, following shocking revelations that the former assistant coach abused at least 22 boys.
The former assistant coach made a brief appearance in court on Wednesday where the State formally presented its indictment.
The thick document revealed he faces at least 160 counts, including grooming children for sexual activity and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
It’s still unclear whether the children who have come forward are all from Parktown Boys’ High.
The State has given strict instructions that the indictment not be made public as it contains the names of the victims, who are all under 18.
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)