THE end to an exhaustive investigation came on 30 January when sought-after house robbers were sentenced to a combined prison term of 165 years in the Scottburgh Regional Court.Three armed criminals broke into homes in the Scottburgh area in October and November 2011 and robbed their victims. Some of victims, including children, were terrorised, beaten, burnt with an iron and raped. A task team was immediately set up under the command of Detective Warrant Officer Yugen Moodley of Scottburgh SAPS. On 25 November, 2011 the first suspect was arrested by Warrant Officer Brendon Rensburg and Warrant Officer Kenneth Glover of Umkomaas K9 Unit who also recovered a firearm and stolen property. Shortly thereafter, Amandawe community members overpowered and apprehended two other men who attacked them and who were also sought after for the robberies. Another firearm was found in the possession of one of the men. An intense investigation followed and the recovered firearms were linked to two of the robberies that had occurred. Forensic evidence and expert witnesses, saw the three accused appear regularly before the Scottburgh Regional Court. The five-year trial came to a conclusion when Scelo Mkhize (32) was sentenced to 50 years, Smakahle Shabalala (27) received 60 years and Siyanda Gumede (34), 55 years. Ugu Cluster Commander Major General Sethenya Nxamagele is pleased with the outcome of the trial, the perseverance of the investigation team, and the involvement of the community in assisting police. “Fighting crime is everyone’s responsibility” she said. - Supplied.