Justice for young Jayden Smith

2017-03-28 06:03

Police in Grassy Park are celebrating justice taking its course with last week’s conviction of the killer of 10-year-old Jayden Smith.

Colonel Shaun van Wyk, commander of Grassy Park Police Station, says officers at the station are happy that Selfiro Petersen (26) was sentenced to two life terms in prison in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday last week.

“The boy was shot dead in his living room after gangsters fleeing from a gunman sought refuge in his house in Blackbird Street, Parkwood, on 26 January last year,” he says.

“His shocked parents found their son still clutching the loaf of bread he had gone to buy minutes before.”

Van Wyk adds that Petersen was handed two life terms to run concurrently.

“He received life for the murder of Jayden, three months for trespassing, 11 years for the attempted murder of Jayden’s father Joseph Boltman, who was shot in his left arm, and another seven years for shooting an unidentified 21-year-old male in the buttocks.

“He was also sentenced to five years for the possession of an illegal firearm and three years for the possession of illegal ­ammunition.

“I would like to commend the officers for working around the clock with great determination to bring this killer to justice, especially Sergeant Hakeem Williams who led the team of investigating detectives.”

. Police also had a major success in their fight against drugs last Thursday.

Van Wyk explains that Sergeant Heinrich Gordon and Constable Lubabalo Balintulo were on patrol in Parkwood when they arrested a man with 270 stoppe dagga in Hoosein Parker Walk.

“We want to show the public that we are serious about getting drugs off our streets,” he says. “Our officers will keep on doing what they do best and work in their areas to bring these perpetrators to justice to ensure a safe and secure environment for all people of the Grassy Park policing precinct.”

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