Killer gets life in jail

2018-11-13 06:01

The man who gunned down a bakery owner in Maitland three years ago was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Cape Town Regional Court two weeks ago.

Aseko Bolo was found guilty of murder and three counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances on Tuesday 24 July.

The court ordered that the sentences of 15 years for each of the robbery charges run concurrently with the one for murder, effectively sentencing Bolo to life behind bars.

He was declared unfit to possess a
firearm.

On 14 August 2015, the business of Broadway Confectionery and Deli situated in Maitland was robbed by armed men.

According to a statement from Maitland police, the owner, Antonio Manuel Pinto Correia, confronted the armed suspects to protect his staff and customers.

He was shot by one of the suspects and later succumbed to his wounds.

The suspects then fled with customers’ cellphones and cash from the tills.

Three days later information was followed up and two suspects were arrested, in connection with the murder and robbery, at a residence in Khayelitsha with the help of the police’s tactical response team.

The suspects were detained at Maitland Police Station and an identity parade was conducted during which the witnesses identified the suspect responsible for pulling the trigger that caused the death of Correia.

On 28 September 2015, the docket was assigned to Detective Sergeant Steven Pritchard of Maitland CID and he attended the bail application and successfully opposed bail for both suspects.

The investigation then took the detective from Cape Town to Worcester and surrounding areas and the officer was always ready for any queries that the prosecutor would need answered during the trial, reads the statement.

The trial then commenced and on each occasion the officer attended court proceedings up until the sentencing of one of the accused­.

The co-accused was acquitted.

The management of Maitland Police Station thanked the family of the deceased and the witnesses who had tirelessly attended court proceedings for the past three years.

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