Cellphone at crime scene leads to 15-year imprisonment

2016-12-07 06:01

ONE of two would-be armed robbers left his cellphone at the scene of the crime and this led to the prompt arrest of both the would be robbers.

Greytown Regional Magistrate, Mr C.J. Masikane sentenced the two, Mjabulo Dlomo and Nkosinathi Majola to 15 years imprisonment on charges of attempted robbery; possession of firearm and possession of 5 rounds of ammunition - the pair pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In handing down sentence on 29 November the magistrate stated that all three counts had been taken together for the purposes of sentencing.

The charges relate to an incident two years ago on 17 July 2014 when the two accused were looking for a lift to Nseleni and Mr Kennth Msimanga offered to take them. However near St Cathryn’s both produced firearms, demanded money and the car. Mr Msimanga refused to stop the car. A struggle followed during which two shots were fired in the vehicle which then left the road and overturned. The two accused fled the scene.

One of the accused left his cellphone in the car, which led to the arrest of the two.

In sentencing the two, Magistrate Mr Masikane stressed the seriousness of the offences and the fact that neither of the accused showed any remorse in robbing a Good Samaritan who had kindly and freely offered them a lift in his month old new vehicle.

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