Duo sentenced to 17 years for armed robbery
Randburg magistrate’s court, on 2 December 2020, sentenced Ephraim Mhlanga (34) and his accomplice Siyabonga Moyo to 15 years imprisonment after being found guilty of unlawful possession of firearm and for armed robbery. On Wednesday 2 December 2020,
The duo was further handed two years for contravening the Immigration Act, for being in the country without proper documentation.
On 9 June 2017 at about 21:00, the accused entered a spaza shop in extension 4 Diepsloot posing as customers and robbed the victim of her cellphone at gunpoint, according to Diepsloot SAPS spokesperson Captain Tinyiko Mathebula.
“The following day, 10 June 2017, the police were conducting patrol duties when they received information about an African male who was seen with a firearm,” Captain said.
“The police proceeded to the location where the suspect was spotted. Upon arrival, they found two African males matching the description given by the informant. Suspects were then searched, one was found in possession of unlicensed firearm and the other with four suspected stolen cellphones. While the police were detaining the suspects, another suspect who was being detained for domestic violence crime recognised one of the cellphones that the police had recovered as that of his wife, which she was robbed the previous day.”
“It was confirmed that the cellphone was indeed the one that suspects had robbed in extension 4. The domestic violence suspect, who happened to be the victim’s partner, did confirm that the two suspects are the ones that robbed his wife. This occurrence gave the police a springboard to build a watertight case against the suspects, which led to a successful prosecution.”
The station commander, brigadier Koena Moichela commented the members’ investigative efforts which resulted into a substantial sentencing.
Dumani Moyo reporting for TownshipNews