Krejcir, Luphondo gets 35 years, others get 15 years - as it happened

2016-02-23 16:05

Get the latest as the sentencing of Czech fugitive and convicted drug dealer, Radovan Krejcir, continues, a day after a bomb scare disrupted proceedings.

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23 Feb 16:22

23 Feb 16:21

23 Feb 16:20
The court has been adjourned until tomorrow.

23 Feb 16:19
Krejcir also indicates that he wants to make a bail application.

23 Feb 16:19
Desai Luphondo's lawyer brings leave to appeal application. Krejcir also indicates that he will appeal his conviction.

23 Feb 16:18
Judge: Do the accused understand their punishment?

23 Feb 16:17
All accused are declared unfit to carry firearms.

23 Feb 16:17

23 Feb 16:17
Accused 6: Count 2, 15 years, count 3, 15 years. Accused 6 will spend 15 years in prison.

23 Feb 16:16
Accused 5: count 1, 12 years, count 2, 15 years, count 3, 15 years. Accused 5 will spend 15 years in jail.

23 Feb 16:15
Accused 4: Count 2 15 years, Count 3 1 year, serving 15 years in total.

23 Feb 16:15
Accused 3: Count 2, 15 years, Count 3, 15 years. 15 years in total.

23 Feb 16:14
Accused 2: 25 years for count 1, 15 years for count 2, 15 years for count 3, 10 years of each of count 2 and 3 will be served concurrently with count 1. The effective period of imprisonment is 35 years.

23 Feb 16:13
Krejcir: 25 years for count 1, 15 years for count 2, 15 years for count 3. 10 years of each count 2 and 3 will run concurrently with count 1.

23 Feb 16:10

23 Feb 16:10
As for accused 5, it appears that the appropriate sentence would be 12 years.

23 Feb 16:09
In the case of accused 1 and 2, he is proposing the maximum sentence in that regard.

23 Feb 16:08

23 Feb 16:04
The judge says that he will sentence Krejcir and co-accused to a period of longer than 5 years.

23 Feb 16:03

23 Feb 16:01
The affect of the imprisonment of the police officers on their families will be immediately apparent.

23 Feb 16:01

23 Feb 15:59
It is difficult to rehabilitate a person who does not think he committed a crime

23 Feb 15:59
Judge says that if the police officers thought they were vulnerable, they should have sought alternative occupation.

23 Feb 15:58
The police convicted in the Krejcir case abused their power, and this should reflect in their sentence.

23 Feb 15:56

23 Feb 15:56
The judge looks very tired.

23 Feb 15:54
Accused number 5 was, in the judge's words, an enforcer.

23 Feb 15:52
The assault on which accused 4 was convicted was of an insignificant nature.

23 Feb 15:51
While that may show some compassion, they in no way lessen the aggravated assault.

23 Feb 15:51
It is true that he was at some point given medication for his injuries

23 Feb 15:49
Pouring boiling water over the victim is a seriously violent act, the judge says.

23 Feb 15:48
Judge says that at one point, when he was uncooperative, he was asked whether he would like to die like a soldier, and that there was no doubt that while he was held by his captives, he suffered severe anguish.

23 Feb 15:45

23 Feb 15:43
Judge now starts to discuss the second charge of kidnapping, will just highlight a few points.

23 Feb 15:42
Australians will be comforted that this court will take action in this case. Deterrence should be considered.

23 Feb 15:36
Judge required to consider interests of society. What are interests of society? Impact in both SA, and Australia, where the drugs were destined for.

23 Feb 15:29
Evidence established that Accused No. 1 was the mastermind, referred to as "The Boss". His moral blame is therefore, in judge's view, the same as Accused No. 2.

23 Feb 15:28
Judge looking very tired, rubbing his eyes.

23 Feb 15:27
Accused 1 convicted of an attempt, drugs were lost to State, could not be analysed.

23 Feb 15:25
These are not persons dealing with drugs on the street, they are dealing with significant quantities of drugs. They were planning to export the drugs to Australia.

23 Feb 15:25
Crime related to the drug offence was of the most serious nature. For Accused 1 and 2, it is apparent from the judgment that they were engaged upon a serious illicit activity, 25kg of "ice".

23 Feb 15:23
There is a need to balance a variety of issues, Lamont says as he explains his reasoning. This is taking a while due to each sentence being translated.

23 Feb 15:22
Punishment must be personalised and be particular for each accused.

23 Feb 15:20
Proportionality will be considered, ie the more serious the crime, the heavier the punishment.

23 Feb 15:17
For Count 1, the drug conviction, there is a range of punishment of between 0 and 25 years. That can be coupled with a fine.

23 Feb 15:16
Judge: I have dealt with each of the crimes they were accused of when they were convicted, and dealt with extent of involvement of each accused.

23 Feb 15:12
Should also take into account the effect of punishment on the families of accused, says Lamont.

23 Feb 15:11
Punishment should be temperate, appropriate.

23 Feb 15:09
I must also remind myself that the purpose of punishing is to punish. If persons are not appropriately punished, it makes a mockery of the criminal system.

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