Vroom case: third man gets 25 years

2010-03-17 00:00

A THIRD man to be convicted of the murder and robbery, with aggravating circumstances, of Drummond resident Mark Vroom on December 10, 2007 was effectively jailed for 25 years by Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Gregory Kruger yesterday.

Passing sentence on Makhosonke Kelvin Zuma (26), Judge Kruger said Vroom’s murder could only be described as a senseless killing.

His brother, Digby Vroom, told the court his brother was shot dead while they were trying to prevent Zuma’s co-perpetrator, Sisho Msibi, from escaping from their cottage, which he had entered at night via a pet access grid in the security gate.

Msibi pleaded guilty to the charges a week ago and was also sentenced to undergo an effective 25 years’ imprisonment.

The gunman, Nhlanhla Dlamini, is serving a life sentence for his part in the crimes.

Kruger said people regard the sanctity of their homes as sacred and said the community is outraged by crimes of this nature.

He said he would not give the community the justification of light sentences to take the law into their own hands.

He found in Zuma’s favour that he was young, had no previous convictions and said there were prospects he could be rehabilitated. He also played a lesser role than his co-perpetrators.

“Your role was merely to receive the goods … Notwithstanding, we are acutely aware that you knew Nhlanhla Dlamini had a firearm … which was to be used to commit the robbery,” the judge said.

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