Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Former Camps Bay top cop nabbed for child porn, indecent assault

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A former Camps Bay, Cape Town top cop has been arrested on charges of indecent assault and the possession of child pornography after his son’s shocking revelations of alleged sexual and physical abuse since he was six years old.

For 30 years Zbiegniew Andrzej Weclaw served as a SAPS member, and for 21 of those years, he was station commander of Camps Bay police station. He was considered a dedicated police officer and an upstanding citizen in the community. For Weclaw’s son Daniel, however, Zbiegniew was a monster who for more than 20 years tormented him and abused him so much he tried to take his own life.

SHOCKING REVELATIONS OF FORMER CAMPS BAY COP’S ABUSE

Daniel Weclaw poured out his heart in a Facebook post, detailing the years of abuse (which his father filmed) and having to witness his father physically and sexually assault women. He said he tried to report the abuse over the years but his father’s connections to the police prevented any further investigations.

“It’s taken me 30 gruelling years filled with heartbreak and tears to eventually find a way to expose this evil monster. My father sexually assaulted me for years as a child starting when I was 6 years and continued until the end of primary school,” he wrote.

On Tuesday last week, the law caught up with Zbiegniew Weclaw, when he was arrested for the possession of child pornography and indecent assault. Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said a 65-year-old man was arrested on November 24 and appeared in court on the same day. He was released on bail and will appear in court again on January 25 next year.

“The sexual abuse, psychological abuse and trauma he inflicted on me during this time completely broke me into a million little pieces and took away my innocence and completely destroyed me as a child,” Daniel wrote.

Daniel said he tried to commit suicide, but survived shooting himself with his father’s gun at the age of 16. He moved out as soon as he was old enough. “He had a chance that day to take responsibility for what he did and hand himself in and admit to what he had done, but he didn’t…like he always told me I should grow up and stop crying about what had happened and then told me to ‘f*** off and do what I needed to do, he doesn’t care,” Daniel wrote.

Daniel returned to his father’s flat in Vredehoek to take care of him in his old age. “My downfall was always believing that he was still my father and still believed he would change and become the father I always wanted. This never happened and earlier this year when he phoned me and pleaded with me to come back and take care of him I dropped everything and decided maybe this time it would be different… I came back and decided to sort this all out once and for all, for some type of closure or whatever you want to call it…”

FORMER COP’S TRAIL OF ABUSE CAUGHT ON FILM

It was then that Daniel discovered a box of child pornography DVDs with names and ages. It was the last straw for Daniel, who confronted his father about the abuse. “He then said I must never watch them and asked me to destroy them… I cannot tell you how my heart dropped as I then realised that I was probably not the only life that he had destroyed and needed to do something about it , if not for me, for anyone else out there he did these unspeakable things too (sic).”

“After 7 gruelling months dealing with the police and having to pull all my childhood Psychological records and having to go through the entire ordeal again and again the Monster was arrested and charged on Tuesday with sexual assault on a minor and child pornography amongst other things,” Daniel wrote.

Daniel alleges that his father then threatened him with a firearm. He left the flat and returned with the police, who played the DVDs to assess the content. In at least one of the abuse DVDs, Daniel was able to identify himself.

Police seized the boxes of DVDs, and Daniel gave a full statement at the police station of his years of abuse.

“When he was arrested and charged, it was a big thing for me. I’ve been labelled a liar and a problem child all my life, with everyone taking his side and not knowing the truth. I’m so tired of keeping it a secret. I need the closure. I need everyone to know.”

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