Officer instrumental in several convictions

2020-03-03 06:02

Steenberg police’s efforts to bring criminals to book and secure convictions in court are yielding positive results on charges relating to murders and possession of unlicensed firearms.

. On Thursday 19 September, Grant Benjamin (25) was found guilty in the Wynberg Regional Court for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The suspect was apprehended and arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition by Steenberg police on 22 May 2015. He was handed a six-year prison sentence of which four years were suspended.

. In an unrelated matter, Elton Malgas (32) was sentenced to eight years imprisonment, of which four is suspended, in the Wynberg Regional Court on 10 October 2019. He was arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition on 4 July 2019.

. In an unrelated murder case, Riaan de Wee (32) was found guilty of murder, attempted murder and the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition by the same court. The offence was committed on 8 August 2018. He was sentenced to a total of 24 years’ imprisonment on these charges and these sentences will run concurrently.

These convictions are thanks to the hard work of Sgt Mark Lucas who worked tirelessly on these cases, attended court hearings and opposed bail.

The station commander of Steenberg police, Col Jan Alexander, welcomed these convictions and commended the investigating officer for his hard work.

He encourages the community to come forward with information that can help with the investigation in other cases so that more convictions can be secured in court.

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