Pub robbers handed long sentences

2013-07-26 00:00

A FORMER policeman was jailed for 25 years and his two accomplices for 20 and 15 years respectively at the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

The charges stem from a 2009 robbery at the Swartberg police station and subsequent spate of robberies of pubs along the KZN South Coast between January 28, 2010 and February 18, 2010.

The pubs that were robbed included the Pit Stop, the Poison Apple, Cove and Broomers Pub and Grill.

In the robbery at Swartberg police station on November 29, 2011, the assailants made off with two R5 rifles, five 9 mm pistols, two bulletproof vests, a ­police torch and large quantity of ammunition.

KwaZulu-Natal Deputy Judge President Achmat Jappie found two of the accused, John Green-Thompson (48) and former police constable Sibuso Mazeka (35), guilty of involvement in the robbery at the police station, and a number of the pubs each.

They were also found guilty of unlawful possession of three firearms recovered from the boot of a vehicle in which they were arrested.

A third accused, Mduduzi Dlamini (28), was convicted only of one robbery.

The judge said the fact that Mazeka was a policeman was an aggravating factor in the case.

Green-Thompson was jailed effectively for 20 years, Mazeka for 25 years and Dlamini for 15 years.

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