The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) welcomes the judgement of the Kempton Park Magistrates Court whereby Mr Ruan Verhoef was found guilty on charges of malicious damage to property. Mr Verhoef was sentenced to a fine of R4,000, suspended for five years with an order to pay the NSPCA R800 by 1 July 2017. Mr Verhoef also was declared unfit to own a firearm.
This followed an incident which occurred at a pit bull show in Kempton Park in August 2016 when Mr Verhoef became aggressive towards an NSPCA Inspector who was undertaking an inspection of the event. After a struggle Mr Verhoef grabbed Inspector Nadia Hansa’s camera, removed the memory card, destroyed it and threw the camera back at her.
Charges were laid against Mr Verhoef for assault, malicious damage to property and obstruction but the court ruled that Mr Verhoef could not be convicted on three charges for the same crime.
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