Girl appears again in ‘sex cult’ case

A teenage girl, implicated in the rape of two children and the production of child pornography, appeared briefly in the Stilbaai regional court on Friday.

The 18-year-old girl and her 36-year-old male co-accused are charged with two counts of rape, and are also facing charges under the Films and Publications Act for the production and possession of child pornography.

The case was postponed to February 10 in Riversdale. On Friday, a new defence lawyer, Cape Town-based Greg Duncan, was appointed for the teenager. Her previous lawyer, Koos Grobbelaar, has withdrawn from the case.

Friday’s appearance was again held in camera to protect the two victims, aged 11 and 14, who were found in a Stilbaai farmhouse where they were allegedly featured in child pornographic material produced by the suspects.

The girl had withdrawn her bail application during her last appearance on December 15, and admitted that she was an accomplice to rape of the minors, indecent acts with the minors and involved in producing and possessing child pornography.

Her co-accused had not applied for bail.

The teenager is expected to assist police in their investigations.

In a case which has made national headlines, the man and woman were arrested on November 29 on charges of rape after the two young girls were found in the farmhouse.

The police were alerted by a member of the public and subsequently seized several DVDs, videos, computers and other equipment at the farmhouse. They also raided other premises where they took possession of similar material. The technical support unit of the police said the amount of material seized could turn this into a prominent case in the field of child pornography.

Police have linked the couple to a cult called the “Trilogy Alliance” and there is a possibility that more child victims of paedophiles might be implicated.

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The Herald, South Africa
Jan. 23, 2006
Anthane Scholtz

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