Top sailor's murderers behind bars

2016-11-16 21:13
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Cape Town – Four men who were found guilty of murdering top SA sailor Rob Meek were sentenced at the Port St Johns Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Judge R Griffith handed out three of the men an effective 18 years imprisonment while a fourth would serve an effective 20 years.

The men were charged with murder, attempted robbery, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

The four men - Siyavuya Madikizela, Sifiso Major Mnyandu, Jongile Mcoloswane, 21 and Ncebu Zobhula, 20 - were arrested in a village close to where the murder took place, The Argus reported.

Meek, who was also a top urban designer, had posed for a photograph with family and friends at a Wild Coast beach house at midnight to mark the New Year in 2014. Seconds later, he was murdered.

Meek's family and close friends had been staying at a self-catering beach house near Port St Johns since December 27, 2013 before the murder.

The armed assailants wearing balaclavas, who had apparently intended robbing the group, shot him and fled the scene.

In his judgement, Griffith said that given society's clear “abhorrence for such crimes”, the sentences should serve as a strong deterrent to the accused and others.

He added that the men showed little remorse for their crimes. 

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