Youngsters at a church camp were misbehaving, and that was why a priest, accused of indecent assault, had disciplined them, the defence in a sexual assault trial said on Thursday.
The Brits Magistrate's Court heard that the priest had locked the dormitory door so that the boys - between the ages of nine and 10 - could not get out, but they managed to find the key and went outside.
Cross-examined, the investigating officer, Captain Colin Morris of the Randburg Child and Sexual Offences Protection Unit, said he did not take into consideration this behaviour when he took statements from the boys.
"I was not interested in the circumstances surrounding the naughty boys. I was only interested in the crime," said Morris.
The boys were angry and scared, and one of them started crying, he testified.
The priest allegedly muttered "mmmmmmm"
while "cuddling" with the boy.
Morris said all the boys involved were scared and angry, and there was no affection involved, as implied by the defence.
The case was expected to resume on Friday.