‘Robber lucky not to get stiffer sentence’

2015-11-11 10:15
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Pietermaritzburg - High court appeal judges have said a man who stabbed a Durban father and daughter and bit them after breaking into their home was lucky not to face an increased sentence.

Judge Gregory Kruger, sitting with Acting Judge Sharon Marks, confirmed a total effective sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment that was imposed on Kwazi Ngwabe (26) in respect of three charges he faced.

These were five years’ imprisonment (for housbreaking and robbery), 10 years’ imprisonment (for the attempted murders of Arunanda Armugan and his daughter Kalisha Pillay of Avoca, Durban), and five years’ imprisonment for another robbery the same day. In the second robbery he took a cellphone and iPad from his victim, Sandiya Parsoo, in Redhill, Durban.

The court ordered that the first two sentences should run concurrently. All three incidents occurred on May 22, 2013. Ngwabe pleaded guilty to the charges in the Durban regional court.

He told the magistrate N. Otto that he had been walking past the home where Armugan and his daughter lived when he noticed a window of their house was open and decided to break in. After gaining entry, he had walked down a passage and came across Pillay lying asleep.

He leaned over her to take her cellphone, which was lying next to her, but she woke up and started screaming. Her father then came into the room and attacked him.

“I was busy struggling with them … I saw a pair of scissors on the table … I picked up the scissors and I stabbed wildly in their direction,” he said.

After stabbing both victims numerous times, he jumped out of the window and fled from the scene. Afterwards he came across Parsoo and robbed her of her cellphone and iPad.

Ngwabe did not describe how he bit the victims, but the charge he pleaded guilty to included an allegation that both victims were stabbed multiple times with scissors, and were also bitten.

When sentencing Ngwabe, the regional magistrate said that the medical report showed that the injuries suffered by the two victims were very serious and that they both “could have died”.

He also took into account that both victims had been traumatised by their ordeal, and that Ngwabe had gone on to commit another robbery soon after attacking the two in their home.

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