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Extended jail term for man convicted of sexual offences against children

Andries Retief was found guilty of more the 2,000 counts relating to child pornography two years ago.

The National Prosecuting Authority has successfully appealed a 2015 sentence against a convicted child sex offender. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A convicted child sex offender has been handed a 10-year jail term and two suspended sentences following a successful appeal by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Andries Retief was found guilty of more than 2,000 counts relating to child pornography two years ago.

Retief’s initial eight-year sentence was set aside in the High Court on Friday.

The NPA had challenged Retief’s initial eight-year suspended sentence, arguing it was too lenient and inappropriate.

On Friday, Judge Andre Le Grange ordered Retief to 10 years imprisonment, suspended for two years based on the material misdirection of the trial magistrate.

Le Grange found the magistrate erred in finding some of the child victims were willing participants in the acts of abuse and that the young victims will not have any long-term effects of the crimes.

The judge also found Retief a danger to society.

The Durbanville engineer now has 48 hours to report to his nearest police station before facing arrest.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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