Flat burglar gets five years

2016-11-17 06:00

A 26-YEAR-OLD man received a five-year prison sentence at Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court recently for housebreaking.

On the evening of 11 February Mthobisi Innocent Cele gained entry into a flat in Kayden Centre in Arbuthnot­ Street via a bathroom window.

He then made his way into an adjoining­ flat where he stole an air gun.

He returned to the first flat he had broken into and was still there when the flat owner returned home and found him inside.

Cele pointed the air gun at the 60-year-old woman, who screamed and ran away.

He tried to flee with some clothing, a play station and other property in a plastic bag, but was arrested by off-duty policemen from the Scottburgh SAPS, Detective Warrant Officer Peter Hattingh and constables Cliffy Pillay and Dillon Khamisa, who were in the vicinity.

The stolen property was recovered and returned to the owner.

The state could not proceed with the prosecution in respect of the house robbery charge because the complainant had since died of natural causes.

Both cases were investigated by Detective Warrant Officer Yugen Moodley of the Scottburgh Cluster Detective Task Team.

- Supplied.

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