By Kaya 959 News
A senior prosecutor has appeared in the Lichtenburg Magistrates Court for statutory rape.
The prosecutor, who is based at the North West’s Department of the Public Prosecutor, was granted R10 000 bail.
Advocate Marus de Beer is accused of sexual exploitation of children, sexual display, or causing display of pornography.
He has also been charged with sexual grooming of children and sexual assault.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Henry Mamothame, said the alleged acts were committed in 2019.
The victim was 15 years old at the time.
Strict bail conditions
De Beer’s medical conditions were taken into consideration during the bail hearing.
Mamothame said the magistrate further gave consideration to the fact that he had no previous conviction.
De Beer was given strict bail conditions.
“He will not apply for any passport, he is restrained from contacting the victim and the witnesses, and he is prohibited from leaving the North West Province without the consent of the investigating officer,” Mamothame said.
An earlier application by the defence attorney to declare De Beer’s arrest unlawful was also dismissed by the court.
“Owing to the seriousness of the case, the NPA has since served De Beer with a letter of suspension. The case was postponed to 17 May 2021 for further investigation,” he said.
Eastern Cape man nabbed for murder
Meanwhile, a Lusikisiki man appeared in court on charges of murder.
Forty-five-year-old Ntsikelelo Mtsewu is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Ntombifuthi Qawula.
NPA spokesperson, Luxulo Tyali, said Mtsewu was arrested on Sunday after he was rescued by police from angry community members.
The mob attacked him following the discovery of a human skull, bones and blood-stained clothes untidily scattered at an open field in Mcwabantsasa village.
Tyali said the blood-stained clothes were positively identified as Qawula’s.
“It is alleged that Mtsewu’s girlfriend, Ntombifuthi Qawula who was reported missing on 31 March was strangled to death and her lifeless body was devoured by dogs. She was last seen by community members in the company of Mtsewu and the couple were drinking alcohol at the time.
The discovered body parts will be sent for DNA tests as part of the investigations.
Given the seriousness of the matter, the state will oppose bail and the case was postponed to 29 April for formal bail application,” Tyali said.
PE man sentenced to life in prison
In a separate matter, a Port Elizabeth Court sentenced Ralton Juan Christopher Koetaan (34) to life imprisonment for murdering his sex client, Jean Lombard (69).
He was further sentenced to 15 years for robbery, 15 years for possession of a firearm, three years for possession of ammunition, and three years for theft.
Koetaan pleaded guilty in February this year. According to the NPA, Koetaan worked for a garden services company and Lombard was one of the company’s clients.
From about 2016, Koetaan and his colleagues did lawn maintenance at Lombard’s Hookai Farm.