'Thelma and Louise' sentenced to jail

2012-03-27 15:15
Cape Town - Two lovers that used a toy gun to rob women in Cape Town in order to feed their tik addiction are going to jail.

Nicole Booysens, 25, and Mada Larsen, 24, dubbed 'Thelma and Louise', robbed 5 women in the week of 5 January to 11 January in separate incidents, the Cape Argus reported. Cellphones, handbags, cosmetics and cash were stolen.

The pair used a 9mm BB gun and drove through the suburbs of Parow, Parklands, Bothasig and Table View looking for easy targets.

During the robberies Booysens drove the car up to possible victims while Larsen would jump out and threaten the victims into handing over their possessions.

They were arrested on 12 January at a B&B in Parow when police responded to a tip-off from a member of the public. Packets of tik, dagga, and stolen cellphones and cards were found where they were staying.

Hard life


The two appeared in the Blue Downs Regional Court on Monday and were both sentenced to eight years in prison for the robberies.

Both cited stories of lives damaged by sexual abuse from an early age and later drug addiction.

Larsen cried intermittently in court while their stories were explained to magistrate Piet Nel.

The fact that they used a toy gun did not lessen the severity of the charges, Nel said. Society often suffered such "frequent and relentless" attacks, he said.

Keith Gess, Booysens lawyer, told the court Booysens used tik every day and was under the influence when the offences where committed.

"She was exposed to tragic, traumatic events at a young age and that led to her drug addiction," Gess said.

Booysens was sexually abused, raped, attacked with a knife and hijacked throughout the course of her life.

Larsen who defended herself, testified of being gang-raped in high school and of abuse by family members.

Sentence

The pair pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated robbery, one of attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances and one of possession of drugs.

They were sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated robbery with seven years suspended for five years on condition they did not commit a similar offence during that period.

The women were sentenced to three years in jail for the illegal possession of drugs. The sentences are to run concurrently.
 
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