PMB break-in gang jailed

2009-10-29 00:00

THREE members of a gang who admitted taking part in 21 housebreakings in the Prestbury area, as well as hitting an 81-year-old man over the head with a hammer, were yesterday sentenced to effective 15-year jail terms by regional court magistrate Chris van Vuuren.

The court ordered that Sanele Meyi, Sibongiseni Dlungwane, and Thapelo Luvuno must serve 10 years before they may be considered for release on parole.

They were arrested by Inspector Phillip Lemmer and members of his team from the Prestbury police station on September 18, ending a crime spree spanning several months.

The value of the goods taken varied between R500 and R20 000.

The robber gang started out committing petty theft from yards and vehicles, but as time went by they began breaking into houses while the occupants were at home and acts of violence began to accompany the robberies.

Van Vuuren took into account that after their arrest, the three co-operated with police and admitted guilt.

The trio admitted breaking into the homes of Jan Geldenhuys, Caroline Orne, Roelof Lindeque (81), Nomphilo Nzozo, Etienne van Zuydam, Jannike van der Merwe, Jason Shuttleworth, Zane Hanson, Graham Waddelove, Johannes Hagart, Johannes Badenhorst, Linda Davis, Mary van der Riet, Nickolaas van der Westhuizen, Elizabeth Goyvaerts, Johanna Lindeque, Frederick Lammas, Jan Heunis and Edward Coleman.

Van der Riet and Roelof Lindeque were targeted on more than one occasion.

When the gang broke into Van der Riet’s house for the second time, by breaking open a security gate on August 6, she confronted them and they pushed her to the ground.

When Lindeque confronted the intruders on September 12 they hit him with a hammer. He required treatment in intensive care.

The gang admitted that they broke a window to gain entry to the home of Jan Heunis, and when he accosted them, they threw bricks at him until he retreated, enabling them to escape with goods.

Frederick Lammas was threatened with death when he came across the robbers inside his Lynwood Drive home on August 14.

Lemmer told The Witness that police are still searching for further suspects in connection with house robberies in Hilton and Prestbury.

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