NPA might appeal sex offender sentence

Andries Retief pleaded guilty to more than 2,000 charges relating to child pornography.

FILE: Andries Retief pleaded guilty to more than 2,000 charges relating to child pornography. Picture: SAPS

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has yet to decide whether it will appeal the sentence handed to a convicted sex offender.

Andries Retief was given an 8-year suspended sentenced in the Parow Regional Court yesterday.

Retief (37), pleaded guilty to more than 2,000 charges relating to child pornography and the sexual abuse of children.

Magistrate Amanda van Leeve said one of the reasons why she deviated from the prescribed sentence of 10 years per count is the prosecution's failure to prove the accused has paedophilic tendencies.

She said the Durbanville civil engineer had willingly sought psychological treatment, at his own expense, despite some charges being withdrawn during trial.

The magistrate also took into account that Retief was a first time offender who also suffered various psychological issues.

His name has been added to the national sexual offenders registry.