Ocean View police welcome court’s sentence

2020-01-21 06:01

Lt Col Monwabisi Buzwayo, station commander of Ocean View police station, has welcomed the long sentences imposed on an Ocean View resident in the Wynberg Regional Court on Tuesday 3 December.

“It is only through a thorough investigation of cases and the integrated partnership with the prosecuting authority that we, the police, can enhance our strategy of achieving our goal of building a society where law-abiding citizens are and feel safe,” said Buzwayo.

On 26 February 2018, the body of Carl Barendilla was found in an open field behind the police station in Ocean View.

Barendilla had been shot in the chest.

Witnesses stated that Ricardo Titus, alias Cardie Green-Eyes, a 34-year-old Ocean View resident, had shot him.

The next day, Titus handed himself over to the police. He told police where he had hid the firearm which was allegedly used to shoot Barendilla and another victim. The police recovered the firearm at the address provided and an additional charge was added.

Titus was found guilty on one count of murder and on possession of an unlicensed firearm. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

Buzwayo added: “These sentences indicate that justice has been served. Credit must be given to the investigating team, prosecutors, the first responders at the crime scene, forensic experts and all those involved in securing a watertight case against the accused.”

He said the investigating officer, Det Const Thokozani Nzimande, worked tirelessly to make sure the evidence brought before the court was sufficient for a conviction.

“We hope the family of Carl Barendilla will derive strength from the fact that the person responsible for inflicting this painful experience has been sent to jail for a long time. It can never be business as usual when a young member of a family is so violently removed from a family as Carl was.

“The authority of the State will be applied without fear or favour at all times ... We hope these sentences will discourage lawlessness in all its forms,” Buzwayo concluded.

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