The Bloemfontein High Court recently sentenced four men for the robbery of a laundry in Bloemfontein’s township of Phelinda on 19 April. David Nombulelo Lobi (35) and Kenneth Kgotso Mayekane (35) were each sentenced to 13 years imprisonment and Joseph Kabelo Mofokeng (35) to 17 years imprisonment. The robbers were sentenced recently for the crime committed in 2015. Sgt Sinah Mpakane, Free State police spokesperson, said Mofokeng was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment because he was a repeat offender of violent crime. She said Mofokeng had previous conviction of robbery. Mpakane said the accused were found guilty of robbery, but were exonerated of their rape charges. “None of them could be positively linked through DNA tests,” she said.Mpakane said the fourth suspect received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to receiving stolen goods and received a suspended sentence. It is believed that he did not take part in the robbery, but only received the stolen goods from the convicted robbers. She said the other two accomplices could not be positively identified during an identify parade. On the night of the robbery at around 22:45, the armed robbers reportedly forced entry into the laundry and overpowered the three females, aged 26 to 30, who were on duty. According to Mpakane, no security was on site at the time of the robbery. said at the time the robber forced entry into the building there were no security onsite. “The workers had to lock themselves inside the building. Once inside, the suspects instructed the victims to lie down on the floor and accused took turns raping them. After the ordeal, the accused robbed them of clothes, blankets and duvet covers that belong to the clients andwere supposed to be washed.” She said the police arrested the robbers while selling the stolen goods after receiving intelligence driven information. The police would not provide the name of the fourth suspect, as he turned state witness. The police are protecting him from the convicted criminals.