Armed robber: Supreme court cuts jail term

2012-03-28 00:00

THE Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has intervened and reduced an effective 43-year jail sentence imposed on armed robber Musa Dlamini to an effective 17 years’ imprisonment.

Dlamini was found guilty in the Pinetown Regional Court of three counts of robbery arising from an incident on April 26, 2002, as well as theft and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The robbery charges arose from an incident in which Janet Burgess and her friends, Ingrid Usher and Gale Acutt were held up at gunpoint in Pinetown after arranging to drive to church together.

The three women were robbed of their possessions, Usher was robbed of her Volvo vehicle and Acutt of her Toyota by three men who confronted them outside Burgess’s house.

The SCA found that the regional court was wrong not to order the sentences imposed in respect of the three robbery charges to run concurrently.

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