A Grassy Park man was sentenced to 18 years direct imprisonment by the Wynberg regional court on Tuesday 1 October. He was sentenced for attempted murder, possession of an illegal firearm, and possession of ammunition.The accused, Monray Martin (26), was arrested on Tuesday 17 January 2017 at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Lake Road after police officers responded to a complaint of a suspicious man armed with a firearm. Upon arrival at the scene, the suspect opened fire in the direction of police, shooting an innocent bystander in the face. “The thorough investigation of crime and the bringing of perpetrators before court are crucial in the efforts of Grassy Park police to ensure convictions,” said Grassy Park police spokesperson, Capt Wynita Kleinsmith. “This was proven once more during investigation by Det Sgt Clifton Slingers of the serious and violent crime (SVC) unit of Grassy Park, when this suspect was arrested and brought before court to face his sentencing for a crime he committed.”According to Kleinsmith, the convicted Martin is affiliated with the “Mongrel gang” in Ottery, and has been in custody since his arrest.“The 26-year-old man from Ottery flats was sentenced to an effective 10 years imprisonment on both charges of attempted murder, five years for the possession of an unlicensed firearm, and another three years for possession of ammunition,” said Kleinsmith. “The station commander, Col Dawood Laing expressed his gratitude to Slinger for his brilliant investigation and his commitment in the fight against crime.”According to Kleinsmith, local police have a successful reward system where monetary payment is made to citizens for positive information supplied to police regarding crime which results in the successful arrest and prosecution of criminals.“Police is working around the clock to prevent and combat crime,” Kleinsmith said. V Anyone with information on crime in the Grassy Park area is requested to contact 021 700 3940 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111. All information will be treated as confidential.