Man gets 12 years for stealing from Cup visitor

2010-07-06 14:41

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison within weeks

of robbing a World Cup tourist.

The Spanish tourist had been staying at a guesthouse in

Potchefstroom in the North West province and on June 25 the cleaner assigned to

his room entered to find his clothes all over the floor and a DStv decoder


Police spokesperson Junior Metsi said police stepped in and, during

their investigation, found a bundle of the tourist’s clothes next to a nearby

railway line the following day.

Later that day, June 26, police also spotted two people walking,

one of them Martin Palmer, down Albert Luthuli Street carrying equipment and

clothing and stopped them for questioning.

Both were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of stolen

property and the police took possession of a flat screen TV, shoes, a computer

hard drive and coat hangers in for safekeeping.

They found that the items had been stolen from a house in the Bult

area of Potchefstroom and linked Palmer to the theft from the Spanish


Palmer and the 17-year-old arrested with him appeared in the

Potchefstroom regional court today for housebreaking at the guesthouse.

He was found guilty and sentenced to 12 years.

The two will return to court for the alleged housebreaking and

theft at Bult and for allegedly being in possession of stolen property, on


The court was not one of the special World Cup courts but the

process was accelerated because of the short time the tourist would be in the


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