Priest's robbers jailed for 10 years

2012-08-15 11:46


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Johannesburg - Two of the men who robbed slain Diepsloot priest Father Louis Blondel have been sentenced to, in effect, 10 years' imprisonment each by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, The Star reported on Tuesday.

The sentences were imposed on Kgaugelo Manzini and Freddy Mahlangu for housebreaking with intent to rob, culpable homicide, and the unlawful possession of ammunition and a firearm.

Another two men convicted of the same crimes, Thembalethu Sindane and Jabu Ndebele, were sentenced to in effect eight years' each, the newspaper reported.

Three of the men admitted to being in the Roman Catholic parish on the night in December 2009 that 70-year-old Blondel was shot dead, but denied they had anything to do with the killing.

They were apparently in search of a computer and money.

Sindane claimed he was not at the scene, but that he later agreed to hide a computer on behalf of the others.

According to the newspaper, Judge Natvarial Ranchod rejected Sindane's claims of innocence and described him as a pathetic witness.

He found that the four should have foreseen that someone could die during the robbery.

A fifth person, Nelson Malope, pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced last year to 18 years in jail. He testified for the State in the trial of the other four men.

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