“Uncle Paul” Hendricks, 54, walked out of Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Monday and was not made to pay bail after appearing on sexual assault charges dating back more than 20 years.
The man was arrested at a butchery in Grassy Park for allegedly assaulting an eight-year-old girl who only reported him in January this year.
The victim, who is now 30 years old, says as a child “Uncle Paul” threatened to kill her family if she spoke up.
She says he molested her for nearly a year at her blind ouma’s Parkwood home.
The woman says Hendricks, who was her uncle’s friend, knew she was left at home with her blind ouma while her single mother was at work, and several times a week he would take her to a dark spare room where he molested her.
The woman’s uncle explains Hendricks was his childhood friend whom he introduced to his family but got a skrik in January when he heard what the man allegedly did to his niece.
Hendricks made a brief appearance at Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Monday where he was released on a warning and instructed to return to court on 29 May.
“The matter has been postponed for consultation with her [the victim]. He was released on a warning and warned not to make contact with her,” says the uncle.
The family has also called for other alleged victims of Hendricks to come forward.