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Court to rule on overturning child sex offender's sentence

Andries Retief was found guilty of more than 2,000 counts relating to child pornography and abuse.

Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape High Court is expected to decide on Friday whether or not to overturn a 2015 sentence against a convicted child sex offender.

Andries Retief was found guilty of more than 2,000 counts relating to child pornography and abuse.

He was handed an eight-year suspended sentence.

But the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) appealed the sentence, saying it is too lenient.

The NPA wants the sentence handed down by the Parow magistrates court to be replaced with one of direct imprisonment or partially suspended imprisonment.

Retief’s eight-year sentence was suspended in 2015 on the condition that he doesn’t commit another crime related to child pornography.

His name has also been added to the national sexual offender's register.

During the trial, the court heard that the Durbanville engineer collected child abuse images for over a decade until his arrest in 2011.

His victims were children of friends and neighbours.

He also made video recordings and took photographs of schoolgirls in supermarkets.