Three jailed after housebreaking

2018-03-14 06:01

The Thaba Nchu Regional Court has sentenced a burglar and his two accomplices, in whose possession stolen goods were found after a housebreaking in Selosesha.

The accused are Lehlohonolo Bair (25) and his accomplices Simon Mototo (23) and Mangaliso Nhleko (19).

They were sentenced on Monday, 5 March, and the verdict ended the 18-month long trial after their arrest in September 2016, following the burglary at a retired female teacher’s house in Selosesha.

Sgt Martin Xuma, police spokes­person, said the break-in was committed on the morning of 26 August 2016 when Bair broke into the house of the retired teacher and assaulted her with a sharp object.

Bair was sentenced to an effective ten-years’ imprisonment. He was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for housebreaking with the intent to assault and assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and five years for housebreaking and theft. Two years were wholly suspended, said Xuma.

He said Mototo and Nhleko were each sentenced to three years’ direct imprisonment after they had been found guilty of being in possession of stolen property.

Xuma said a plasma television, jewellery, cutlery, a kettle, a vehicle battery, cosmetics and a welding machine, worth R15 600, were stolen from the victim’s house.

He said the trio was arrested after an informant had tipped off the police about suspected stolen goods hidden at a house in Ratlou, and at another residence in Thaba Nchu.

“As police members were busy booking the stolen property at the crime service centre, the retired teacher arrived to open a case of housebreaking and theft.

“She also noticed the culprit who had assaulted her with a sharp object during the burglary.

“The retired teacher ma­naged to positively identify her stolen goods,” said Xuma.

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