Heavy sentence for killer ex-cop

2018-11-07 06:02

FORMER police officer Lungisani Arnold was sentenced to six life terms’ plus a total of 50 years’ imprisonment for six counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday.

Arnold has been in custody since 2015 after he was arrested and found in possession of his service pistol, that was found to have been used during his crimes.

His co-accused, Themba Mvelase, was sentenced last year and is already serving life imprisonment for five counts of murder and ten years’ for five counts of attempted murder.

On October 11, 2014 at around 5 pm, a Mercedes Benz vehicle with five people in it was travelling on Pieters Road when an armed man opened fire on it, killing one person.

The remaining four occupants of the car were wounded and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Less an hour later, another shooting was reported at a car wash at D Section in Ezakheni where five people were shot and killed.

One victim was left wounded during the shooting and taken to hospital for treatment.

All these cases were opened at Ezakheni police station and a provincial task team was tasked to vigorously investigate these incidents.

After an intensive investigation, the accused, who was based in Gauteng, was identified and arrested for both incidents.

Arnold was charged with six counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder.

Arnold is also the subject of other murder cases in KZN and will appear in court again soon to face these charges.

—Supplied.

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