Police work yields jail time

2020-02-25 06:03

The acting station commander at Lansdowne police station, Col Carol Fisher has applauded the work of her detectives who have put three criminals behind bars for eight years. The detectives were led by Capt Riedewaan Hare, who investigated separate incidents.

In the first incident on 23 March last year in Ottery, opposite Christel House, a the 70-year-old woman and her son (39) were robbed of their groceries, R600 cash and cellphones, at knifepoint by two men. The thugs ran away towards Freedom Park informal settlement.

The victims were able to give a clear description of the suspects. On 14 April last year one suspect was spotted in Freedom Park by the complainant, who called the police. They arrested him. Two days later another suspect was arrested.

Both accused Kevin Jacobs and Lance August pleaded guilty on charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances and both accused were sentenced for eight years imprisonment of which four years are suspended for the period of five years on condition that the accused are not convicted of robbery with aggravating circumstances, robbery common and/or theft committed during the period of suspension. The judgement was delivered on Wednesday 29 January.

. In an unrelated case, Shaun Shank (32) from Hanover Park was sentenced to five years imprisonment in the Wynberg magistrate’s court on Monday 27 January. On 12 May 2019 Shank robbed a man at knifepoint, taking two cellphones and R50. The man (30) was walking in Flamingo Crescent on his way to work when he was confronted by two men and a woman who took his belongings. He ran to Lansdowne police station to report the robbery. Police looked for the suspects and caught them within five minutes.

. Another man (33) has been sentenced after he handed himself over to police after claiming that his vehicle was hijacked on Saturday 15 February at 13:15 at the corner Imam Haron and Belmont roads in Rondebosch East. Lansdowne police’s Sergeant Khululekile Hashe and Sergeant Amin Qolo investigated the man’s claims, but found it didn’t add up. The man handed himself over to the police. He explained that he was busy with personal business using a company vehicle during working hours and decided to lie. He has appeared in the Wynberg magistrate’s court.


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