The parents of a 10-year-old boy who was repeatedly raped by convicted paedophile Ian Appleton are "outraged and appalled" by the five-year sentence imposed on the former Catholic school teacher.
Days after Paarl Regional Magistrate Nomawethu Smile sentenced Appleton
, the parents of the 10-year-old victim are still raw with emotion because of the "light sentence" imposed on a man they call a "notorious paedophile".
Appleton, 72, a former Christian Brothers College teacher and scoutmaster, was also granted bail and leave to appeal his sentence.
In December he
was convicted of raping a boy repeatedly between 2007 and 2009.
The boy's family have known Appleton
for about 50 years, as the victim's father attended the college.
pleaded guilty in October.
The court also heard how Appleton
had twice been admitted to the Child Abuse Therapeutic and Training Services
, a Cape Town-based sex offenders' programme.
Last week, magistrate Smile questioned the possibility of Appleton's rehabilitation and chances of recovery, saying: "You can't teach an old dog new tricks".
Appleton's lawyer, John Riley, said: "The sentence is shockingly inappropriate. (Appleton) is not jail material."
had to testify in his
bail application and told the court that he
only went to church, the shop and back, and to see doctors.
also cited a number of health problems.
Previously a number of now adult men told the Cape Times
invited them to go skinny-dipping at his
house when they were boys, showered with them and tried to fondle or perform oral sex on them.
A 40-year-old Cape Town businessman revealed how Appleton
family during the 1980s.
would show him pornographic magazines and masturbate.
After a few years, the man confided in his
father and the family laid charges against Appleton
But a detective persuaded them to drop the charges because Appleton
was considered a good candidate for rehabilitation.