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17 years behind bars for Moyo

2012-06-19 22:21

Pretoria - Serial escapee Bongani Moyo will spend 17 years in jail for two escapes from custody, it emerged in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Moyo, who has escaped several times while awaiting trial, has yet to be convicted of any of the other charges against him.

These include bank robbery, armed robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, and resisting arrest.

Finding him guilty of escaping from custody from the Pretoria Magistrate's Court in August, magistrate Len Miller sentenced him to three years' imprisonment.

Miller refused to order that the sentence run concurrently with a 14-year term imposed by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on June 4 for an escape from the Johannesburg police station.

Miller said escaping from lawful custody was a serious crime for which the court had to impose a jail term.

In sentencing Moyo, the court had also taken into account that he was appearing in connection with serious offences the day he escaped.

Moyo, 29, walked out of the court building on crutches on 10 August after being made to sit on a bench outside the courtroom where he was appearing with three others on charges including armed robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, and resisting arrest.

Contradictions

Miller rejected Moyo's evidence that the investigating officer, Frederick Erasmus, told him to walk out of the court building.

He found contradictions between Moyo's evidence and that of his witnesses, Khumbulani Sibanda and Thabani Sibanda, who testified in May and who are in custody with him in connection with an array of crimes, including armed robberies.

Miller said even though Moyo was not inside a holding cell with others, the court had ordered him and his co-accused to be held in custody until their next appearance.

"The accused knew he was a prisoner and it was wrong for him to do so [escape]. You had no reason for leaving," he said.

"This court heard that the accused had appeared in this court whilst on crutches because he was injured. The officers had left him to sit on a bench because of his injuries," said Miller.

He described as a "set of lies" Moyo's claim that Erasmus had threatened to kill him.

Miller said Moyo’s evidence sought to mislead the court about the circumstances around his escape.

In argument in mitigation of sentence, Moyo's counsel Donald Somo told the court he was a single parent of two children, following the death of his wife.

However, in aggravation of sentence, prosecutor Werner Gibson argued that by putting up a drawn-out legal fight against the escape charges, Moyo had shown that he was not remorseful about his actions.

No remorse

"He has shown no remorse throughout the lengthy process. It is also clear the crime was premeditated and carefully planned," said Gibson.

At the end of the proceedings, Somo told the court that he had been instructed to appeal the judgment. The application for leave to appeal was set down for 26 June.

Regarding the series of armed robbery charges, Moyo, Leon Ncube and the Sibandas were informed in May that their trial had been transferred to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria and set down for trial from 11 to 28 March next year.

Moyo, Khumbulani Sibanda and Ncube also face a charge of attempting to escape from the Pretoria Central Prison earlier this year. The three allegedly used prison overalls to scale a perimeter wall. A street vendor saw them jumping from the roof of the double-storey prison building and called the prison warders.

In March last year, Moyo escaped from Boksburg prison, where he was awaiting trial for alleged bank robberies.

He was recaptured at the Beitbridge border post almost three months later when he re-entered South Africa from Zimbabwe.

Comments
  • Boer - 2012-06-19 22:58

    BOGGOM.

      Desi Moodley - 2012-06-19 23:38

      unfit cops cant run

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-06-20 07:40

      Where's Moyo in that picture? I just see lips

      Rob - 2012-06-20 08:16

      LOL, lol, lol....Thats why he is an escape " artist. " Hides behind the lips !

  • ayabonga.gogo - 2012-06-20 00:50

    At last,,,,, people like him and Sakhumzi Mvoko belong behind bars........

  • Alice - 2012-06-20 00:56

    He is going to escape again.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-06-20 07:41

      It's not called escaping when you are just "walking away" from threatening policemen.

  • wesley.nel.5 - 2012-06-20 01:56

    But please, try and keep him there this time

  • Lesiba C Mmotlana - 2012-06-20 05:12

    Hang Pal must b brought back,

  • Gordon - 2012-06-20 05:38

    Why has this man not been tried for the original charges? If I were incarcerated without trial, I too might be tempted to walk out of the court building. Hopefully, I would have enough sense not to return through Beitbridge. What a waste of taxpayers' money.

  • lana.crous - 2012-06-20 06:02

    It's disturbing that it seems this guy finds it so easy to escape from prison and custody at courts. Has he watched all the episodes of Prison Break, taking copious notes, or is there maybe some room for improvement in our prison service...?

  • Ettiene - 2012-06-20 06:48

    You see if he was shot in the first placed then he wouldn't have escaped

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-20 07:11

    noooo shame man, give him a warning and set him free, he didnt mean to do it, i mean jacob got let off, why not the tourist from zimbabwe. he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. at least he has a pretty mouth, his prison stay will go one way, hope you and your new husband have a lovely stay in south arfrica, dont forget to shower and eat beetroot, send him to polsmoor, they will love him down there, love him hard. lol

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-06-20 07:42

      Better yet, make him an ANC MP, he's qualified.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-20 07:56

      he could be the new new police general

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-20 07:38

    Moyo is like viagra,,you just can't keep him down.

  • Tax - 2012-06-20 10:40

    Hang that ugly thing by its lips.

      Rob - 2012-06-20 11:02

      This is one guy you CAN " pay lip service to. "

  • Kholofelo - 2012-06-20 19:48

    Crime will still increase,as long as there is no death penalty in the constitution.We read on Thailand,Botswana and china,crime is not as much as in South Africa,the south african legislation is the first and last weakest in the world.Why should criminals like moyo who had committed several crimes,and even fleed the cells appear before the law,this people must be killed...it's obvious that he has connection with some of our police officers,how can you escaped amongst all the huge weapons and individuals....No ways Moyo and his company,must be killed not arrested...He tricks gives courage to some criminals,as theu would want to be notorius like him.kill the bastard,and let SA live in peace.

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