Former top cop's son sentenced to 50 years

2015-04-09 15:29

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Pretoria - The son of a former senior police officer who was involved in numerous armed robberies was on Thursday effectively sentenced in the High Court in Pretoria to 50 years imprisonment.

Judge Nico Coetzee sentenced Nkosanathi Melvin Nkuleleko Mtimkulu, 28, of Atteridgeville to 15 years imprisonment on each of five charges of armed robbery and two charges of housebreaking with the intent to rob.

He was sentenced to a further nine years imprisonment on a charge of housebreaking and for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Coetzee ordered some of the sentences to run concurrently so that Mtimkulu must effectively serve 50 years imprisonment.

Mtimkulu had acted with utter disrespect for the dignity, person and property of his victims.

No remorse

He showed no remorse for his conduct and did not take any responsibility for his deeds.

Although he was fairly young at the time and had no previous convictions, his conduct during the crimes did not auger well for his rehabilitation and he had to be removed from society for a long time, Coetzee said.

Mtimkulu was working as an administrative clerk at police headquarters in Pretoria when he became involved in the crime spree at the age of 22.

His mother is former police division Commissioner Lindiwe Mtimkulu.

He was part of an armed gang which in April and May 2009 broke into four houses in Monument Park, Moreleta Park and Constantia Park and robbed everyone in sight.

Victims tied up and assaulted

Several of their victims were tied up, assaulted and threatened with death before their homes were ransacked.

The gang's crime spree started on April 2 2009 when they went to a house in Monument Park and robbed the residents of jewellery, cash, a pistol and electronic equipment.

Nine days later, on April 11, they broke into Werner Bessigner's house in Moreleta Park and stole laptops, cameras, jewellery and bottles of wine.

When Bessinger and his wife returned home they found a maroon Volkswagen minibus parked at their front gate. He tried to follow the robbers, but gave up the chase when shots were fired at them.

On April 15, the gang broke into a Constantia Park house, held the owner and three other people at gunpoint and robbed them of electronic equipment.

Ephraim Kgopoane, who went to the house to buy a car that day, was robbed of his cellphone and over R13 000 he had saved up for the car.

Less than a month later the gang struck again when they went to the Moreleta Park home of lawyer Andre van Zyl, brutally assaulted him and his secretary and robbed him of a large number of electronic goods and his diary.

When the police arrived a chase and shoot-out followed during which Mtimkulu and the get-away driver, Clifford Motileng, were injured.

Mtimkulu was arrested at a nearby train station. A firearm linked to one of the robberies was found in his possession.

Police found Van Zyl's diary in the get-away car and Mtimkulu's blood was also found on a knife inside the car.

Motileng testified for the state that Mtimkulu had been a member of the armed gang and had in some instances taken a leading role in the robberies.

Mtimkulu insisted he was innocent and that Motileng had falsely implicated him because of a fight about a girlfriend.

He claimed Motileng was jealous because he attended a private school and spent time in the UK.

The court rejected his version.

Coetzee refused Mtimkulu leave to appeal against his conviction and sentence.

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