Dave Middleton’s attorney will possibly lodge his appeal against the decision to refuse his client bail early next week. Middleton, a Superintendent in the Hibiscus Coast Protection Services department, was facing at least 15 charges of sexual offences, including rape, sexual assault, sexual grooming of a child, child pornography and intimidation when he appeared in the Port Shepstone magistrates’ court last month. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, but was refused bail by magistrate Piet Coetzer, and is to appear in court again on 13 November, when a trial date is to be set. When he announced his decision not to grant Middleton bail, the magistrate said the State had an extremely strong prima facie case against the accused, and that it would not be in the interests of justice to grant him bail.
Attorney Larry Seethal told eHowz!t that there had been a delay with the transcriptions of the court proceedings that were needed for the appeal to be lodged with the High Court. As eHowz!t reported two weeks ago, the transcripts had been requested from the company that provided this service. However, there had been a delay, and the appeal would be lodged as soon as possible, which would possibly early next week. Everything possible was being done to expedite the process. When we asked Mr. Seethal why the decision had been taken to appeal the refusal of bail, he said certain factors had come to light which could lead to the High Court to reverse the non-bail decision.