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'IMMORAL barbie' to appeal JAIL SENTENCE

By Pertunia Ratsatsi | Feb 25, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

CEZANNE Visser, popularly known as Advocate Barbie, was yesterday granted R10000 bail pending her application for leave to appeal against the seven-year prison sentence she received for sexually abusing young girls and women.

Visser, who had sat quietly throughout the hearing in the Pretoria high court, could not hold back her tears after she was granted bail.

Visser's lawyer Johann Engelbrecht said he believed that another court would come to a different decision.

"We believe the court did not pay sufficient attention to the testimonies of key witnesses.

"Visser was a victim of entrapment and I believe another court will come to a different decision," said Engelbrecht.

Acting Judge Chris Eksteen turned down Visser's application for leave to appeal but granted her bail pending the application for her to approach the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Passing sentence, Eksteen said Visser had let go of her "moral life and education to hang on to an immoral lifestyle".

"You ended up in a world of happiness, it swallowed you in a web of indecency. You also put other women into this web and they were extremely traumatised.

"When you convinced the children's home to let you have the children out on weekends, you acted on your own in the absence of former lover Dirk Prinsloo. The court feels these kind of crimes will not be committed again because Prinsloo is not part of your life anymore."

The judge considered that she is in the prime of her life and that she had removed herself from the role of being an advocate and that she was a first-time offender.

"You knew the difference between right and wrong but you still committed these crimes, which were detrimental to young women and children.

"You say you are remorseful but you have not accepted direct responsibility. Instead, you pointed the finger at your ex-lover," said Judge Eksteen.

"The court must sentence you in the interest of society and prison is the only suitable sentence."

State prosecutor Andre Fourie said he was happy with sentence.

A director of the Child Abuse Action Group, Lucy Redivo, who attended the court proceedings, said she was sad because Visser was granted bail.

"Maybe she might be surprised by the supreme court, which might give her a much hasher sentence."

Women & Men Against Child Abuse's executive director Miranda Friedmann said the seven years should have been 70.


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