Goddard trial postponed

The trial of former guidance counsellor and alleged paedophile, Darren Goddard has been adjourned until December.
Thus far eight boys, aged between seven and 14, have taken to the stand in the Pietermaritzburg High Court to give evidence of alleged abuse by Goddard.
The boys alleged that they were either sexually assaulted or raped by Goddard while he was a counsellor at a city primary school.
32-year-old Goddard faces 15 charges – including sexual assault, rape, the possession of child pornography and access to child pornography.
These incidents are alleged to have occurred between 2012 and 2016.
When the trial recommences in December, the last boy is set to testify through an intermediary.
During the trial, all eight of the boys have testified through an intermediary in a child-friendly room, unable to hear or see court proceedings – only the intermediary would hear through an earpiece translating the questions asked by the defence advocate, Shane Matthews and state prosecutor, Attie Trutter to be child friendly.
The court, however, could see and hear the boys through a television screen during court proceedings.
Judge Kate Pillay has stressed the importance of making the experience for the boys to be less daunting and traumatic as possible for the boys.
The matter will resume in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on December 3.

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Bongeka Sibisi
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