Serial robber harshly sentenced

2018-10-17 06:01

The Clocolan Magistrate’s Court has sentenced Mojalefa Jafta Khete (23) to an effective 18 years’ imprisonment for two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The accused was convicted for robberies he committed on 14 August and 25 September 2016.

Khete was found guilty of robbing Daily Sun reporter Jacob Ishmael Ntholeng of his camera, cellular phone and R3 500 cash. The value of the camera and cellular phone are estimated at R7 000.

Khete and an accomplice stabbed Ntholeng with a knife in the abdomen and he had to be hospitalised for few days. While Khete was out on bail, he committed the second robbery.

He robbed a Pakistani shop owner of R3 000 cash and two cellular phones.

The shop owner called for the assistance of the community immediately after the robbery. One cellular phone was recovered from Khete.

In aggravation of the sentence, State Prosecutor Tshidi Sebolai handed a victim impact statement that detailed how the crime has traumatised Ntholeng, who also lost his income, as he used the camera to do his work.

Sebolai argued that Khete was beyond rehabilitation, given he was sentenced to six years in prison for robbery in 2010.

“That sentence did not have any rehabilitative effect, because he has committed the same crime. He did not show any remorse for the court to show him any mercy,” said Sebolai.

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