‘Dead’ man convicted of robbery

2013-05-23 00:00

A PORT Shepstone man who was reported dead was yesterday sentenced to five years’ jail for robbery.

His mother, who spread rumours of her son’s death to keep police off his trail, was convicted of plotting the elaborate scheme.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said Alvin Naidoo (28) was a member of a three-man gang that robbed a man of his money, cellphone and cigarettes in Memorial Road, Port Shepstone, in December last year.

Zwane said Naidoo evaded arrest after two of his accomplices were nabbed.

Knowing that he was being sought, his mother, Joy Ramothar (41), told the police, and spread the news in the community, that he had been murdered in Durban earlier this month and that his family was mourning his death.

However, Detective Constable Morné Jones heard that Naidoo was alive and well and keeping a low profile in Lotus Park, Isipingo.

“He proceeded to Isipingo last week where he located Naidoo and arrested him,” said Zwane.

Jones then went to a flat occupied by a relative of Naidoo where he found Ramothar. She stuck to her story that her son was dead.

“Her jaw dropped when Constable Jones asked Alvin to step forward from the shadows so that his mother could see him.”

The mother was arrested and both were taken to Port Shepstone. Naidoo was charged with robbery and his mother was charged with defeating the ends of justice.

Naidoo was found guilty in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. Ramothar was also convicted and remanded until June 6 for sentencing.

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