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Parktown Boys' former assistant water polo coach guilty of sexual assault

Collan Rex was charged with 144 sexual assault counts & 12 common assault counts. Earlier the defence argued he should be acquitted on a number of charges due to the poor credibility of some witnesses.

Parktown Boys High School. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court sitting in Palm Ridge has found former Parktown Boys assistant water polo coach Collan Rex guilty of 144 counts of sexual assault.

Rex has also been convicted on 12 counts of common assault.

He’s been acquitted of other charges including attempted murder, rape, sexual grooming and exposing minors to pornography.

Rex has been found guilty of the 144 counts of sexual assault which he admitted to last month.

The court has acquitted him of more than 140 other counts due to a lack of evidence.

Acting Judge Peet Johnson says Rex was an open and credible witness who accepted responsibility for his crimes.

Johnson says based on the former assistant coach’s own admission in court, he has no reason to reject his evidence about the abuse.

The judge says he found some witnesses who testified to be unconvincing and doubtful.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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