A Pretoria woman accused of having sex with two dogs is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
Jana Smit, 31, and ex-lover Morne Fourie face five charges of bestiality, possession of child pornography and sexual enticement.
Smit was arrested in August last year after the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) allegedly obtained home-made footage of the sex acts with a Staffordshire bull terrier and a Labrador.
Fourie was arrested three days later for allegedly helping to produce some of the pornographic images.
After her arrest, the Labrador was taken away and put up for adoption. The Staffie was said to belong to Smit’s neighbours at her Pretoria East home.
According to police sources, the police secured a search warrant to search the woman’s home on 23 August, 2012 after a complaint by an animal protection organisation.
An anonymous person dropped off a DVD recording of the woman’s activities at the organisation’s premises.
During the search of her home, police found more recordings of the woman having sexual intercourse with the dog.
“It appears that she was recording these activities all along. She was immediately arrested after we searched the house,” said a police source.
In October, investigators trawled through 31,000 e-mails on the laptop of Smit.
Her former lover and co-accused Fourie, an IT specialist from Garsfontein, was arrested a day after.
It is alleged that he helped to produce some of the pornographic images.
Last year after she was arrested, Smit, as she stepped into the dock, neatly dressed in black pants and a crisp white blouse, she handed her Bible to a friend who sat in the front row of the public gallery, taking notes.
Smit briefly glanced at Fourie and stared straight ahead for the rest of the court proceedings.
Smit was released on R1 000 bail in August and the court ordered she undergo a mental assessment at the Moot police station before another court appearance. The outcome of the assessment will be disclosed during her trial Friday.
Defence lawyer Mario Coetzee had told the court Fourie could afford R1,000 bail. He said he was in the “IT business” and earned between R10,000 and R15,000 a month.
State prosecutor Careth Rietgat told the court all investigations had been completed and a prosecutor had to be appointed to the case. She asked the court to give the prosecutor enough time to study the docket.
Magistrate Maryke de la Rey granted Fourie bail of R1 000.
Outside court, Smit’s attempt to hide from photographers failed when she was not allowed to leave through the back entrance of the court.
Her friend who was disguised in a cap and sunglasses asked photographers who they were waiting for and even warned them: “My friend does not like cameras.”
Smit eventually emerged from the building about an hour after her appearance.