Trio jailed for robbing woman (84) twice

2013-08-24 00:00

THREE men have pleaded guilty to charges related to the brutal double robbery of an 84-year-old Scottsville woman.

Sanele Professor Mazibuko (24), Wiseman Duma (22) and Delani Maphanga (22), pleaded guilty to the repeated attacks on the 84-year-old woman who they robbed twice in three days.

In their plea statements, they admitted that on July 28 they had choked her with a tablecloth in her house and then locked her in the bathroom, taking R4 000 from her.

Just days after the elderly woman’s first ordeal, they returned to her home on July 31, when they assaulted her by dragging her, tying her hands and legs to a chair, and locking her in a kist. During that robbery, they stole two cameras, two gold rings and a suitcase.

Maphanga only participated in the second robbery.

The trio said they were remorseful and begged the court’s mercy when imposing sentence.

Mazibuko and Duma were both sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment while Maphanga received a 10-year sentence for the robbery.

Team commander Captain Piet van Zanten extended his gratitude to the investigating team for their hard work.

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