On Thursday 9 March 2017, 33 year old Jayde Sheldon Bailey of Kabega Park, Port Elizabeth was handed down a sentence of five years imprisonment in the Port Elizabeth Regional Court for the distribution and possession of child pornography.
The South African Police Service has welcomed this imprisonment sentence as it is the first time that an accused has been sentenced to direct imprisonment for the distribution and possession of child pornography images. Previously, accused have either been fined or received a suspended sentence, or both a fine and a suspended sentence.
“This sentence sends a strong message out to those who prey on our vulnerable children and youth. The South African Police Service, with our links through Interpol to police services across the globe, is playing an important role in identifying and bringing cyber-sex pests and other sexual offenders before courts of law and in ensuring that justice prevails,” said Acting SAPS National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane.
“This is indeed a landmark case; the justice system in South Africa has acknowledged that the possession of child pornography is a serious and disturbing offence that deserves direct imprisonment. We commend our FCS Unit and our justice system for their sterling efforts in bringing these and similar perpetrators to book,” Lt Gen Phahlane added.
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