Trio jailed for restaurant murder

2012-09-08 10:32
Three men have been jailed for the murder of a Plettenberg Bay restaurant manager. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Three men have been jailed for the murder of a Plettenberg Bay restaurant manager. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Three men were jailed by the Knysna Magistrate's Court on Friday for the murder of a Plettenberg Bay restaurant manager, Western Cape police said.

Mzwandile Diamond was sentenced to life and an additional 29 years behind bars, Captain Malcolm Pojie said in a statement.

Sibongile Matebese was sentenced to 28 years, and Mvimbe Dube got a life sentence and 22 years in jail.

They shot and killed Beverley Sapire, manager of the Lookout restaurant in Plettenberg Bay, around 22:30 on 21 April 2010. One of them shot at, but missed, a security guard. They fled without taking anything. They were arrested in the Eastern Cape.

They were also convicted of robbing Wybo's restaurant in Keurboomstrand around 07:30 on 31 March the same year. They took money, jewellery and cellphones after they tied up the manager and his workers.

The Knysna-Plett Herald reported that Dube tried to escape from court on Friday morning while in ankle chains and handcuffs. He made it around the corner in the passage outside Court C before he was taken back to the cells.
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