Sex charges against paediatrician withdrawn

Sexual assault charges against a well-known East London paediatrician have been withdrawn in the East London Magistrate's Court.

Magistrate Rochelle Sam declined this morning to grant the National Prosecuting Authority a further extension on the case.

This after state prosecutor on the case Asanda Nolusu told the magistrate that the state was still waiting for a decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Grahamstown whether to prosecute the doctor or not.

His lawyer Angus Pringle objected to further postponement arguing the matter has been on the roll since June. Pringle said the state was further given two months from August to acquire the DPP's decision.

Nolusu said there was no indication why a decision had not yet been reached although the DPP was made aware of the case.

Pringle refused to budge by adding the case be struck off the roll. He said the state could re-enrol the charges once they are ready to prosecute. He said as far as he  was concerned he was still not aware of the charges facing his client.

The magistrate was left with no choice but to withdraw the charges.

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