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UPDATE: Pennington paedophile receives suspended sentence

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UPDATE:

THE 64-year-old convicted Pennington paedophile who was found guilty of sexually assaulting his neighbour’s daughter appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court today.

He has been sentenced to a period of four years’ imprisonment, was suspended for five years.

Members of the public voiced their dissatisfaction after sentence was passed.

One  Pennington woman said that she is highly displeased regarding the ruling: “He basically gets to go home now. He has literally just been given another opportunity to go and do the exact same thing again.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

SENTENCING of the 64-year-old Pennington man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting his neighbour’s daughter has been postponed.

The man was due to be sentenced in the Scottburgh Regional Court on July 3; however, as a result of a late report by the  correctional officer, this did not happen.

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Despite having been convicted of the sexual assault of a minor, the man’s bail was extended pending his next appearance in the same court on August 17.

Those who attended court were visibly shocked at the postponement.

A member of the public who spoke to the Mail vented her frustration: “How can this man be allowed to walk freely among our children? He has been found guilty yet he has still not been sentenced.

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“Parents live in fear and no longer feel comfortable enough to allow their children to walk to school. We’ve seen him in the area – sitting in his car outside the school – and there is little we can do but accompany our kids.

“We should be feeling safe in our community and not have to worry about people like this. He should have been detained,” she said.

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