A Gqeberha father, accused of peddling explicit images of his twin daughters online, will spend the festive season behind bars after it emerged that he had abandoned his formal bail application in another matter, reports HeraldLIVE.

Yesterday, prosecutor Linda Le Roux confirmed that the man had abandoned his bail application as he was in custody after pleading guilty to breaking various bail conditions following his initial arrest in November 2016 for a similar offence.

In that matter, the father of three faces charges of creating, possessing and distributing child pornography. He was released on R10 000 bail with strict bail conditions, including that he not have contact with his then eight-year-old daughters, that he not go within 300m of the family’s Fernglen home, that he stayed at an address in Lorraine and that he not use any social media platforms.

However, in February 2023, the man, who is not being named to protect the identity of his children, was sentenced to nine months in prison after pleading guilty to contravening all of his bail conditions.

He is expected back in the Gqeberha Regional Court on 2 February 2024 for arguments in the matter to be heard in a trial-within-a-trial to determine the admissibility of certain evidence.

He was rearrested at the St Albans Correctional Centre on 7 October and charged with the possession of child pornography after police seized his computer, tablet and two cellphones following his arrest for breaching his bail conditions.

The new charges are a result of investigation by the police’s Family Violence, Child Protection & Sexual offences Unit after the man allegedly told his now ex-girlfriend to hide his computer and cellphones when she went to visit him in prison after he was sentenced.

The new matter was postponed to 19 January 2024 for further investigation.

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