Arrest warrant issued for coach

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Durban - A warrant has been authorised for the arrest of a sports coach who allegedly sexually abused a minor in Durban, pending the outcome of a sexual assault case against the man in Europe.

The South African coach, who relocated with his family to train a team for the London Olympics, was arrested in Europe on May 18. This was after he secured bail of R80 000 at the Durban Regional Court on May 9, which allowed him to return to his wife and children. He has been behind bars since.

The 41-year-old, who faces allegations of sexual assault, sexual grooming and sexual exploitation of a child, as well as possession of child pornography, was granted bail by magistrate Trevor Levitt, who criticised the police and the State for condoning the manner in which the coach was arrested.

The victim was 12 at the time of the alleged assaults.

Details such as the country involved and the sport code are being withheld by the Daily News at this stage to protect identities.

The man was meant to appear at the Durban Regional Court yesterday for the start of the trial.

Instead a warrant of arrest was authorised but stayed until October pending the outcome of his case in Europe.

Prosecutor Priscilla Paterson said it was unclear at this stage whether the man, if convicted in Europe, would have to serve out his sentence there before being tried in SA.

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