gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has thrown out former Denel boss and convicted sex pest Koos Venter’s bid to overturn his multiple rape and indecent assault convictions.

In 2009, the Pretoria Regional Court convicted Venter, who used to head up Denel’s Aero Manpower Group division as chief operations officer, on a total of four charges of raping a one-time colleague and seven charges of indecently assaulting her. He was sentenced to an effective 10 years in jail. At trial, the court heard harrowing details around the harassment he had subjected the woman to. The harassment started just three months after she began working at Denel and went on for some four years before she eventually managed to report it. Venter, for his part, has flatly denied the charges and on appeal, he tried to argue that the court had not properly assessed the victim’s evidence intrinsically against the evidence of the other witnesses. At trial, Venter had testified that he and the complainant had had a strained relationship due to factors including that she was unhappy with her salary. The SCA found the trial court had rightly rejected Venter’s version as not being reasonably possibly true.


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