Local officers awarded

2011-04-18 00:00

THREE Pietermaritzburg police officers received certificates of excellence for their outstanding work for the successful arrest and conviction of Sandile Thobani Thusi (26) for rape and house robbery charges.

Thusi was sentenced on Thursday to 68 years in prison, but will only serve 45 years.

He had been released on bail on March 5, after serving two years for housebreaking and theft. According to the police, he committed his first rape and then house robbery in France on the very same day as his release.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said Thusi raped an 18-year-old female in front of her 42-year-old mother, two-year-old twins and her two-week-old baby. The convict thereafter demanded cash from her to which she replied that they did not have any. He then ransacked the house and took a Samsung cellphone, two Nokia cellphones and a Motorola cellphone before fleeing the scene.

On March 16, Thusi again robbed and raped a 23-year-old female in the France area. Jeevan said the suspect then demanded cellular phones and cash from the victim and then ransacked the house and took R100 cash and two cellphones — a Nokia and an LG.

The breakthrough for the police came when the suspect’s fingerprints were found at both crime scenes.

Captain Sibusiso Daniel Mlaba said: “We were called by Captain Dhanabalan Pillay to search for the picture of Thusi because his fingerprints were found at both crime scenes by Constable Thembinkosi Promise Mlaba.”

He said they learned that the convicted Thusi had worked as a taxi conductor at BB Imbali and they headed to the taxi rank to find out where his home was.

“We then went to his house where his mother told us where he was,” said Mlaba.

He said they arrested him on March 18 and, through clever police work, they were able to get Thusi to confess to committing all the crimes.

Brigadier Clifford Marion, who is in charge of the detective unit in Pie­termaritzburg, said: “We are awarding these certificates for an excellent job done by the officers in speedily arresting and getting a conviction in this case …”

On Friday police said Thusi appeared again in Court A for another rape case.

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