A 10-year-old boy’s internalising of his trauma over being repeatedly raped by paedophile Ian Appleton was dangerous, a clinical psychologist said in the Paarl Regional Court on Tuesday.
“Internalised symptoms are more dangerous than externalised symptoms,” said Tanya van der Spuy, testifying in aggravation in Appleton’s sentencing proceedings.
Appleton had pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping the boy between 2007 and 2009. He was convicted on December 1.
In his plea statement read out in court by his attorney John Riley, Appleton said a game called “aeroplanes” had led to the rape. The game involved Appleton laying on the ground and picking the boy up by his waist. He would then land the boy in various ways either on top of him or next to him. They played the game several times.
A former Christian Brothers College teacher and scoutmaster, Appleton, 72, had been a longstanding friend of the boy’s family when he abused the child.