The controversial Christian evangelist and pro-gun campaigner, who has come to be known as the "paintball pastor" after a Halloween paintball shooting spree on young trick or treaters, appeared briefly in the Goodwood magistrate's court on Tuesday.
Reverend Peter Hammond was charged with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after he took his children on what he described as a "counter-Halloween" spree with a paintball gun, after which four children alleged they were hit by paintballs - one in the jaw - in Rosebank, Pinelands and Rondebosch on the evening of October 31.
The case was postponed until February 15.
Hammond, director of the Cape Town's Frontline Fellowship, an organisation dedicated to "missionary outreach", his wife and four children did not approve of Halloween, which they saw as an "occult holiday celebrating human sacrifice, witches and goblins".
After the incident Hammond said he had not touched the gun - that it was accidentally discharged by his 10-year-old son out of "panic", and no malice was intended.