Muggers set free

2015-07-21 06:00

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with muggings on Sunrise and Sonwabi beaches. However, they were let go again.

A law enforcement officer was patrolling the sand dunes in the area last week when he came across three teenagers hiding out. The trio fled when they spotted the officer, but he called for reinforcements and managed to catch all of the suspects with the help of a colleague.

At the Muizenberg police station, it was established that the trio was wanted in connection with robberies on the beach.

Two are aged 16 and one 15, and they are from Capricorn, says JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security.

“The issue of robberies along the beach was recently raised in the media and our staff were therefore pleased with the breakthrough, only to be informed the following day that none of the complainants were prepared to lay charges,” he says.

“As a result, the suspects remain free and will more than likely continue committing crimes until someone is prepared to stand up, lay charges and let them face the consequences of their actions through the criminal justice system.”

Law enforcement agencies are under immense pressure to address crime, Smith says.

“However, it becomes very difficult to do so when members of the public who fall victim to criminals choose to turn their backs on the process,” he says.

Successful prosecutions hinge on evidence and victims of crime are crucial links in the prosecutorial chain. An arrest is but the starting point in the process, Smith explains.

“I would like to appeal to the public to assist us by laying charges and appearing in court when called upon to testify. Without their cooperation, the good work of our officers as well as the police will come to nought and more people will fall victim to crimes like these,” he says.

“While this particular case is a setback, our staff will continue patrolling this stretch of coastline in a bid to prevent further incidents.”

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