Disgraced modeling boss accepts legal aid
Naledi Shange | 2017-03-14 17:21:07.0
Modelling agency boss Dawie de Villiers. File photo
Image by: Dawie de Villiers via Twitter
Modeling boss‚ Dawie de Villiers‚ convicted on numerous counts including rape and the sexual assault of some of his clients has finally agreed to accepts legal aid.
The once renowned model scout‚ who assisted in Miss SA pageants‚ appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday afternoon where he was meant to have his presentencing report prepared.
But De Villiers’s report was still not complete and his private lawyer had dumped him as he could not afford her fees. De Villiers requested his matter be postponed to June‚ telling the court that his probation officer was not available until then and he therefore could not have the report ready. Prosecutor Arveena Persad argued against the lengthy postponement and requested that the probation officer be called to court to give reasons as to why the report cannot be prepared in time.
Judge Cassim Moosa postponed the case to Friday‚ when the probation officer would take the stand. De Villiers was also found guilty of exposing children to pornography‚ accessing child pornography and fraud amounting to around R200 000.
One of the children‚ a ten-year-old boy had testified to seeing pornographic images on De Villiers’s laptop. A girl‚ who was seven at the time‚ claimed to have been exposed to naked girls at De Villiers’s East Rand home.
Another young girl had told the court that she was 15 when De Villiers invited her to model at his studio. He then raped her at his home on a day they had scheduled to hold a shoot. Moosa accepted the witnesses’ testimony but criticized De Villiers’s testimony for being riddled with inconsistencies. De Villiers is currently out on R15 000 bail.
– TMG Digital