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Johannesburg - Gerhard van Rooyen, the son of notorious paedophile Gert van Rooyen, has been given a suspended sentence in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court for fraud, Beeld newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Van Rooyen, 45, pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud, and was sentenced to five years in prison, wholly suspended on condition that he repaid an amount of R241 800 owed to several plaintiffs.
Van Rooyen's lawyer, Donald du Plessis, told the court on Tuesday that his client had found work as a debt collector, where he earned a salary of R25 000 a month, so he could repay the debt.
It was the seventh time in Van Rooyen's life that he was sentenced for criminal offences, ranging from theft to fraud and escaping from prison.
Van Rooyen's father, who committed suicide, was convicted of abduction and the sexual assault of two girls in 1979 and later linked to the disappearance of at least six girls in the late 1980s. - Sapa