Thursday, May 19, 2022

Case of Bonteheuwel mother selling pics of her naked daughter online, postponed to 7 june

The case of a Bonteheuwel mother arrested by the FBI and Homeland Security after allegedly selling naked pictures of her 4-year-old daughter on the dark web, has been postponed yet again

The woman had been arrested in March 2021.The investigation was led by an agent from Homeland Security, who pretended to be a buyer, and traced her to Bonteheuwel after she allegedly received payments via PayPal.

She is facing charges of manufacturing child pornography, possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and financial gain from child pornography and rape.

The woman’s five children have been placed in the care of family members. The case was previously postponed in April due to power outages, another reason prior to this one was to allow the mother to consult with her legal team.

The 32-year-old made a brief appearance in the Parow Regional Court on Wednesday and the case has been postponed to 7 June for further consultations.

Ward councillor Angus McKenzie, who has been assisting the victims and their family, said they were disappointed at yet another delay in the case.

“This is hugely concerning, worrying and most certainly embarrassing that this matter has been allowed to stretch out this long. With no formal trial date agreed upon after more than a year and a half we can all agree now that justice delayed is justice denied.

McKenzie believes the delays are an indictment of the country’s legal system.

“Our government is not serious about GBV, if they were we would see more prosecutions and way more stiffer sentences, but sadly we seeing the exact opposite, little to no prosecutions and even less meaningful sentences and that's even if the case makes it to trial.

“We have begged, we have pleaded and we have an even implored and yet the community has received nothing. Indeed this is a sad moment for our fight against GBV,” McKenzie added.

Done By: Mitchum George

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