Two policemen linked to attempted armed robbery

2012-04-05 00:00

TWO men who pleaded guilty yesterday to an attempted armed robbery of Cash Paymaster Services in Newcastle last month, have fingered two policemen as members of their gang.

The policemen — who have not yet been arrested according to state advocate Humphrey Ngcobo — allegedly provided the gang with uniforms so that they could pose as policemen to gain access to the premises.

In statements read out in court, Sisa Thabizolo Msimango (25) of Kingsburgh, and Sandile Bruce Magudulela (38), said their co-perpetrators were known to them as “Mbo, Sihle and Pat”.

The two policemen were identified as “Mandi and Simiso”

They said: “Pat had a friend who was a security guard employed by Cash Paymaster Services and he gave us information regarding the layout of the premises.

“We were also informed that access into the premises was controlled by three gates, two of which were not working.

“We planned to enter … by impersonating police officers using uniforms supplied to us by Mandi and Simiso who were not going to accompany the rest of us during the robbery.”

They admitted they were armed with firearms which they planned to use to induce Cash Paymaster Services staff to hand over cash

However, the robbery was aborted when they were “challenged” by security guards at a gate, which they had expected would be open.

“We informed the security guards at the second gate that we were policemen and we wanted to enter the premises, but they didn’t believe us and raised the alarm.

“We thereafter fled from the scene,” they added.

The accused expressed remorse for their actions and said they would assist police with their investigations.

They were prepared to testify against their co-perpetrators if they went on trial.

Judge Rishi Seegobin convicted both men of attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances and said he would pass sentence on them today. According to the state’s indictment there was R4 million on the premises at the time.

Cash Paymaster Services handles large sums of money intended for payment of government pensions and grants.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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