Advocate Barbie still waiting for a judge

A new judge has not yet been appointed to hear the criminal trial of alleged child molester Cezanne Visser, who is also known as "Advocate Barbie".

A new judge has not yet been appointed to hear the criminal trial of alleged child molester Cezanne Visser, who is also known as "Advocate Barbie".

Judge Eben Jordaan yesterday postponed Visser's trial to October 2.

The trial was delayed for a considerable period when trial judge Essop Patel fell ill and was unable to resume, resulting in the trial having to start afresh before a new judge, who has not yet been named.

Visser and her former lover, Dirk Prinsloo, pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against them two years ago.

Prinsloo is still on the run from police after failing to return from a business trip to Russia.

The prosecution has already closed its case against Visser. But her legal team last year applied for the reopening of the defence case, submitting that Visser suffered from post-traumatic stress and depression as a result of the domestic abuse and coercive control she suffered at the hands of Prinsloo.

Visser was referred to a mental hospital for 30 days for psychiatric observation after her advocate argued that her judgment had been impaired to such an extent that, though she knew the difference between right and wrong, she was unable to act accordingly.

Visser faces a range of sex-related charges, including indecently assaulting women and children, soliciting a minor to commit indecent acts, possession and manufacture of child pornography and defrauding a children's home.

Visser's bail was extended. - Sapa

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