Barbie 'was no pawn'

Cezanne Visser, better known as
Cezanne Visser, better known as "Advocate Barbie", is seen outside the Pretoria Supreme Court to hear her fate as verdict is passed down, Tuesday, 6 October 2009. Visser and Advocate Dirk Prinsloo were arrested on various sexual charges involving minors. Prinsloo skipped bail and fled the country, and was subsequently arrested in Belarus where he tried to rob a bank. Picture: Johann Hatting / SAPA.

FORMER advocate Cezanne Visser, or "Advocate Barbie", was yesterday convicted on 11 of the 14 sex charges against her.

FORMER advocate Cezanne Visser, or "Advocate Barbie", was yesterday convicted on 11 of the 14 sex charges against her.

Pretoria high court Acting Judge Chris Ek-steen found Visser had been a willing partner in the sexual abuse of three young girls from a children's home and three young women.

He found her guilty of defrauding a children's home by pretending she was married in order to convince them to let children spend time with her and her then lover Dirk Prinsloo. She was further found guilty on three charges of soliciting a 15-year-old girl to commit indecent acts and indecently assaulting two girls aged 11 and 14.

The judge also convicted her of being a beneficiary to the indecent assault of a 20-year-old woman and indecently assaulting two other young women, as well as the possession and manufacture of child pornography.

The judge found that Visser had willingly associated herself with and actively partici-pated in sexual activities at Prinsloo's house.

She had embraced the new life Prinsloo had offered her and accepted the enlargement of her breasts and piercings in her genitals.

Her actions were aimed at the sexual abuse of children and women for the gratification of her own and Prinsloo's sexual needs.

She had rejected all offers of help and bought tight-fitting clothes for one young girl, offered to have her genitals waxed, demonstrated the use of a vibrator to a young girl and had sex in front of children and women to encourage them to commit indecent acts, the judge found.

He rejected Visser's claims that she had been Prinsloo's pawn and had had no will of her own. He said if she had no will of her own she would not have had fierce arguments with Prinsloo, apologised to one of the young girls, rejected all offers of help to get away from him and made false statements under oath to help him.

The trial was postponed to De-cember 8 to allow the state and defence to ob-tain further ex-pert reports. - Sapa

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