NPA welcomes robbery conviction

2016-10-13 06:00

THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) welcomed the conviction of Senzo Ntombela, who was sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment at the Durban Regional court on 5 October for various cases he committed in the north and south of Durban between 2007 and 2015.

Ntombela was sentenced to 15 years for robbery, 10 for murder, two for sexual­ assault, 10 for unlawful possession of a firearm and three for unlawful possession of ammunition.

The robbery case was committed in Verulam in 2007 and the accused failed to appear in court that year.

Ntombela was arrested in June last year after the police received a tip-off about his whereabouts and was found in possession unlicensed firearm and live rounds of ammunition.

The court heard that the accused was linked to charges of murder and sexual assault related to an incident that happened in Hibberdene in April 2015.

NPA regional spokesperson Natasha Kara said: “Ballistic testing linked the accused to charges of murder and sexual assault relating to incidents that took place in Hibberdene. The accused was in a tavern where he sexually assaulted a woman.

“He shot and killed a patron, who intervened [to assist] the woman involved.

“The accused was on the run until his arrest two months later. Senior State Advocate Mahendra Naidu led ballistic evidence that linked the accused to the tavern murder.

“He also led the testimony of a witness, who was in the tavern on the night of the murder and sexual assault,” said Kara.

The sentences of sexual assault and unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition will run concurrently with the murder charge.

KZN director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Moipone Noko said: “The conviction and sentence in this matter is welcomed. Justice has indeed been served.

“This was not an easy case to prove and the efforts of the prosecutor advocate Mahendra Naidu are most appreciated.”

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