At peace as justice is served

2019-08-13 06:00
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Cape Town Central Police detectives find closure in solving cases and knowing justice has been served.

This is according to Warrant Officer Shaun Bardien following the sentencing of the murderers of Eric Wiese, who was killed at his home in Higgovale in August 2017.

Judge Taswell Papier of the Western Cape High Court found the suspects Vuyolwethu Mgemane and his accomplice, Nomfundo Mtshawu, guilty of murder, housebreaking with intent to rob, and aggravated robbery on Thursday 1 August.

Mgemane (34) received life imprisonment for murder and 15 years for housebreaking and robbery.

Mtshawu (30) was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for murder and 10 years imprisonment for robberies.

Bardien says the victory was due to an intense investigation and teamwork between the police, the forensic team, the National Prosecuting Authorities and the community of Gugulethu.

He says all teams worked tirelessly for the first few days after Wiese’s body was found, and police received leads to follow up on.

“He had surveillance cameras which helped us identify the two suspects as they appeared climbing the wall to access his house.

“In the beginning, we had confusion as the female suspect looked like a man, and the evidence from the forensics showed fingerprints of a woman,” he says.

Bardien says the search was set in motion when officers began following leads on Mtshawu, which led to Gugulethu.

“My partner (Detective Warrant Officer Abraham Draai) and I spent days, knocking at people’s doors. We were sent from one address to the other, but we were determined to use every resource and time we had to find these two. Eventually, I received a call from Gugulethu Police Station saying they had identified the suspects and we quickly made the arrests,” says Bardien.

He says seeing them being sentenced gave him peace.

“I know it will not bring him back, but I believe the family found closure. And for me, with every case I solve, I get happy, knowing that justice has been served and the suspect is not coming back to our community,” says Bardien.

He says the life sentence was well deserved by Mgemane, who allegedly showed no remorse during the court proceedings.

He says the victim was a defenceless citizen who was loved by his family and did not deserve to be killed brutally.

He thanked everyone who worked on the case.

Captain Ezra October, spokesperson for Cape Town Central Police, said the station commend the team for the job well done.

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