KZN man got 15 years for child porn and rape. Now he’s free

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KZN man got 15 years for child porn and rape. Now he’s free

Among other problems, judges cite that rape ‘victim’ is a liar who likes to use men for sex and have them charged

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He was jailed for 15 years, but this week a man accused of statutory rape, possession of child pornography and grooming children became a free man when two KwaZulu-Natal judges ruled that the state had not proved any of the charges against him.

Nicolaas van Helsdingen was 35 when he was convicted in a Newcastle, KZN court in July 2018.

This week, judges Piet Koen and Philip Nkosi upheld his appeal against all charges, essentially ruling that a search warrant used to raid his home was defective, that the charge sheet did not specify individual images of child pornography for which he was charged, and that he may not have known that the teenage girl he had “consensual sex” with was in fact 14...

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