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British national accused of child porn in SA granted R150k bail

The magistrate justified the decision saying the court can’t deny the fact that he had not tried to flee SA.

Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - A British man accused of child sex offences in his home country has been granted bail of R150,000 in the Cape Town Magistrates court.

Lee Tucker, a Cape Town based helicopter pilot, is facing extradition.

He was arrested by Interpol for child sex offences in Britain between 1983 and 1993, but absconded before sentencing in 2000.

Tucker embraced a friend who came out to support him after hearing he's been granted bail.

Magistrate Grant Engel justified the decision by saying the court cannot deny the fact that the 52-year-old had not tried to flee South Africa.

According to court documents, Tucker had known of an online article on a paedophilia watch sight in October last year.

Engel therefore concluded it would be in the interest of justice to release the accused on bail.

The case has been postponed until 27 May.

STRICT BAIL CONDITIONS

The British man has been handed strict bail conditions.

The court has ordered the accused to hand over all his travel documents to the investigating officer.

He must also report to the Sea Point Police Station three times a day for seven days.

The 52-year-old also has to wear a monitoring device and is not allowed to leave the Sea Point area.

The court has also warned Tucker will be placed in custody if he comes within a hundred metres of any airport.

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