Social worker testifies in trial
THE SOCIAL worker in the case against model agency boss Dawie de Villiers told the South Gauteng High Court on Tuesday that it was a red light that he was convicted of sexual offences but that she did not believe he was a paedophile.
“The conclusion one gets is that the accused has a problem with controlling himself when it comes to young girls.”
Social worker, Carina Wolmerans said she felt that if De Villiers was a paedophile there would’ve been more charges.
Wolmerans said after reading the judgement that was handed down by Judge Cassim Moosa, she had unanswered questions.
“She [the rape victim] was traumatised and traumatised while testifying.”
She said after reading the testimonies of the victims, she felt them being emotional while testifying was normal because what they experienced was humiliating.
The founder of Modelling South Africa (PTY) was found guilty of rape, sexual assault, sexual grooming, fraud, exposure of pornoghrapghy to children and access to child pornography in February 2017.
“Regarding the victims’ emotional state that I’ve never mentioned because I never had contact with them, my comment is that all the girls were definitely traumatised.”
Wolmerans compiled a supplementary report after having contact with the victims.
She read her report into the record which stated that the rape victim who was 15 at the time said in her victim impact statement that she lost trust in men and fell pregnant while she was in school.
She said she could not reach the rape victim or her parents for an interview, neither could she make contact with those who were sexually assaulted by De Villiers.
Wolmerans said one of the fraud victims said his marriage had failed due to his involvement with De Villiers and said he ruined his life and the lives of young models.
Another victim said she was disgusted by De Villiers’s actions and she lost interest in modelling because of him and that he had shown no remorse.
The victim and her mother said De Villiers deserved prison time.
Wolmerans said most of the victims could not be reached on their contact details and she was not surprised that this was the case after they had testified.
“The accused targeted young scholars because they were all of the same age. They were young girls.”
She said she was not in the position to recommend a sentence.
“I’m very confused but in the past two weeks I have experienced unpleasant reactions and was told to leave the science of sentencing alone.”
Wolmerans said she had a problem with the fact that there were so many girls but she was not clear on the likelihood of De Villiers reoffending. She said no new cases were made since 2012 which she felt indicated that he could be rehabilitated.
Judge Moosa put it to Wolmerans that there were two types of offenders, those who had to be taken out of society and those who could still be in society.
He asked her whether she thought De Villiers was an individual that needed to be removed from society or not.
Wolmerans said she believed that he could be removed from society for a short period of time, five years with some years suspended, for the purpose of rehabilitating him, rather than for punishing him. But she added that she also felt correctional supervision would be appropriate.
The matter was postponed to Wednesday, July 4. – African News Agency (ANA)