Hlophe calls child sex crime accused 'a monster', denies bail
A decision to deny bail for a man accused of crimes against children was upheld by the Western Cape High Court.
Judge John Hlophe dismissed an appeal by Knysna estate agent Adrian Wilson-Forbes, 59, to change the George Magistrate's Court ruling.
He faces 36 charges including child trafficking, sexual assault and rape.
Hlophe said it was not in the interests of society to release the accused on bail.
"He's a monster. He's a sex predator and society doesn't need someone like this. I have no sympathy," he said.
The judge condemned pornographic images that were found on a disk and entered as evidence.
"These pictures are quite shocking... it's a disgrace actually."
The State was not called to give reasons for opposing bail.
Hlophe said the State's case was very strong.
William King, for the defence, argued that the court had already found his client guilty.
"Before everything is dealt with, people jump to conclusions," he said.
"If this is the paedophile the State alleges he is, you would expect this to be a case where people jumped out the woodwork and said 'this also happened to me'."
He said Wilson-Forbes would not commit further crimes, interfere with witnesses or flee the country if released.
He stands accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in 2001 and using the boy in the last 10 years to source young girls between eight and nine years old in Parkdene, George.
These girls were allegedly sexually molested, raped, photographed while engaging in sexual acts with him and then paid money.
A trial date has not yet been set.