Robber cop found guilty

2013-01-29 00:00

FORMER police constable Sizwe Ndlovu was convicted by the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court yesterday of hijacking a truck.

The former Alexandra police station officer was found guilty of robbing truck driver Simlindile Lawana at gunpoint in August 2010.

The court was told that Lawana was in the Ashburton area on his way to deliver Unilever products worth R273 000.

Ndlovu was driving a state vehicle, and used the siren and loud hailer to pull Lawana over.

The goods stolen during the robbery were found in a house in kwaMpande while the truck was recovered in Mpophomeni the next day.

Magistrate Mpume Linda said evidence given by Nkosenhle Goodenough Ndlovu (an uncle), who is serving nine years for the same crime, was crucial.

He was with the former policeman on the day of the crime and confessed that they had used the state car in committing the crime.

The court said Nkosenhle’s evidence was consistent with one of the tracker devices installed in the police vehicle and so was the route and the whereabouts of the vehicle.

Nkosenhle testified that they had stopped at a garage in Edendale and the accused gave him money to buy cable ties to be used during the hijacking.

The tracker device shows that they did stop at the garage.

The former constable testified that he was with his girlfriend when the crime was committed.

However, the magistrate found it strange that he had not called the girlfriend as a witness given that they were together.

The magistrate dismissed the claim that Ndlovu had parked the car at the witness’s home and went to see his girlfriend.

“You used the siren and the loudspeaker to stop the truck, making it easier for Goodenough and another suspect, Phumlani Dlungwana, to go to the truck after it had stopped.

“You all had the same purpose, to rob the truck. The driver obeyed the order to stop because he believed that you were a law enforcer,” said Linda.

Investigating officer Captain Jageesh Devnarain Singh, of the Hawks in Pietermaritzburg, said Ndlovu, who resigned from the SA Police Service after the incident, had his R10 000 bail withdrawn after his conviction.

“It took me three months to work on the case and to have all the evidence against the former officer together. There is still more work to be done to get to the finality of the whole matter,” said Singh.

Ndlovu was remanded in custody awaiting sentencing, which is set down for March 5.

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