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NPA welcomes dismissal of paedophile's appeal against sentence

The Western Cape High Court set aside Andries Retief's suspended sentence earlier this year and ruled he must spend eight years in jail.

FILE: National Prosecuting Authority offices in Pretoria. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has welcomed the dismissal of a convicted paedophile's legal challenge of his prison sentence.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) made the ruling this month.

The Western Cape High Court set aside Andries Retief's suspended sentence earlier this year and ruled that he must spend eight years in jail.

Retief was found guilty of more than 2,000 charges relating to child pornography and exploitation.

The NPA says that the SCA dismissed the application on the grounds that there were no special circumstances meriting this.

Earlier this year, the NPA challenged a lower court's decision to hand Retief a suspended sentence.

The State argued that the sentence was shocking and grossly inappropriate.

The High Court found that the magistrate misdirected herself and instead sentenced Retief to eight years direct imprisonment.

The civil engineer was arrested in January 2011, after a neighbour discovered his child porn collection on his laptop.

Among his victims were children aged between six and nine, who were abused while they were asleep.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)