Cash recovered from thief’s rectum

2011-01-26 00:00

A DOMESTIC worker’s salary of R190 was extricated from the rectum of a man who robbed her after he was arrested by Prestbury police and the dog squad in Napierville in August 2009.

The incident was recalled when the robber, Sifiso Joha (27), was given three 15-year sentences by Pietermaritzburg regional magistrate Joey Greyling yesterday.

Investigating officer Warrant Officer Phillip Lemmer told the court that the woman was robbed on her way home. The dog squad came to her assistance and Joha, who was hiding in the bush, was soon surrounded and arrested.

All the woman’s possessions were recovered, except her money. Lemmer said she was crying as she needed it to buy food for her family.

Lemmer instructed his junior colleagues to do a rectal search. The roll of money was recovered, washed and returned to the victim.

Lemmer testified that criminals frequently tried to hide small items in their rectal tracts before being caught.

Joha was sentenced for three cases. The first was originally withdrawn in court after the victim was requested to do so.

Joha then went out and committed two further robberies, which would not have happened if he had been jailed for the first case.

Greyling ordered two of the sentences to run concurrently with the first term so that his effective jail term totals 15 years.

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