Robber back in court after 13 convictions

2012-09-25 10:07


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Cape Town - A Cape Town man has appeared in court for the 10th time on a crime of dishonesty, prompting a magistrate to say it appeared no sentence would deter him.

Magistrate Wilma van der Merwe sentenced Thabo Meli, 25, to 15 years in jail for robbing three women of their cellphones after threatening them with a toy gun in Camps Bay, reported the Cape Argus.

The court heard that Meli had 13 previous convictions.

“This is the 10th time you are in court for a crime of dishonesty and the second time for a crime of violence. This type of crime is very prevalent in this court’s jurisdiction. Adults like you seek out soft targets – girls and schoolchildren – and rob them of their cellphones,” said Van der Merwe.

She said it was not in the interest of society for people like him to walk around thinking he had the right to take their possessions.

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