A senior prosecutor appeared briefly before the Lichtenburg Magistrates Court in connection with various sexual offences committed on a minor in 2019.

Advocate Marcus De Beer (45), based in the Office of the DPP North West, was granted R10 000 bail.

He is charged with statutory rape, sexual exploitation of children, sexual display or causing display of pornography, sexual grooming of children and sexual assault. It is alleged that the victim was 15 years old in 2019 when these offences were committed.

In granting him bail, the magistrate cited to his medical conditions which were supported by a medical report from his doctor. The magistrate further gave consideration to the fact that he had no previous conviction.

The state and the defence agreed on strict bail conditions which include that he will not to apply for any passport, he is restrained from contacting the victim and the witnesses, and he is prohibited from leaving the North West Province without the consent of the investigating officer.

An earlier application by the defence attorney to declare De Beer’s arrest unlawful was also dismissed by the court.

Owing to the seriousness of the case, the NPA has since served De Beer with a letter of suspension.