THE Verulam Magistrate’s Court sentenced Luyando Xulu to 55 years imprisonment for business robbery recently.Xulu was found guilty of business robbery he committed in the Fairbreeze area in 2015. According to SAPS Tongaat spokesperson Captain Patrick Ngwane, the accused and the another suspect entered the shop in Greylands Road and threatened the victim with firearms on February 7, 2015.The suspects took R10 000 in cash from the till and cellphones.“A security guard on duty tried to intervene, but was assaulted and beaten on the head with one of the firearms. The two suspects then fled.“SAPS Tongaat, who were on routine patrol, were flagged down by a member of the public informing them about the business robbery.”The police responded and upon approaching the scene, were confronted by the suspects. “The suspects fired shots at the police, and the police returned fire which resulted in one suspect being fatally wounded.” Xulu sustained injuries on his leg. The police confiscated two firearms at the scene.Xulu attempted to flee the scene by carjacking a Mercedes-Benz from a mother and daughter.However, the police gave chase, and he was arrested. The suspect was then detained at SAPS Tongaat police cells.The business robbery, carjacking and attempted murder dockets were opened. The dockets were then assigned to Detective Sergeant Aslam Parasuramen for investigation. Ngwane said when Parasuramen took over the case he did everything to ensure that the accused was denied bail. “He worked tirelessly ensuring that he obtained the necessary statements from witnesses. “Upon investigation he found the accused was also linked to similar cases he committed in the area,” Ngwane said.Parasuramen noted that when he secured key state witnesses some were scared to attend court to testify against the accused. Parasuramen used his skills and patience to support and convince witnesses that their lives will be protected by the SAPS.“Parasuramen’s commitment and dedication paid off when the accused was sentenced to 55 years imprisonment.”SAPS Tongaat branch commander Detective Lieutenant NEP Ndlanzi commended the manner in which Parasuramen conducted the investigation that led to the conviction. “SAPS Tongaat station commander Colonel Santha Moodley welcomed the conviction and said it will serve a strong warning to the perpetrators of crime,” Ngwane added.- Supplied.