A former Parktown Boys' High School assistant water polo coach was found guilty of 144 counts of sexual assault and 12 counts of common assault in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
EWN reported that the 22-year-old accused’s legal team earlier argued that he should be acquitted on a number of the charges, calling the credibility of witnesses into account.
According to IOL, the accused pleaded guilty to 144 charges of sexually assaulting 12 schoolboys, aged between 13 and 16, during a period between 2015 and 2016.
News24 previously reported that one witness, a 17-year-old student, told the court through a court intermediary how, in 2016, the accused had "dry humped" him and touched his genitals. He added that he had also been choked by the ex-coach.
These included "sexually predatory behaviour" by senior pupils against junior pupils, a culture of assault and sexual assault under the guise of "initiation practices", and "profoundly shocking" utterances made by teachers in the presence of pupils.