Officer convicted of murder, sentenced

2017-06-15 06:01
Warrant Officer Patrick Gosling.PHOTO: File

Warrant Officer Patrick Gosling.PHOTO: File

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A PORT Shepstone policeman was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court last Friday after being convicted on two counts of murder.

Warrant Officer Patrick Gosling was investigated by the Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID) after he shot and killed Mlondi Ngcobo (26) in August 2014 and Michael
Zakhele Ndovela (29) in December in the same year.

The IPID is responsible for investigating complaints against SAPS and municipal police services.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said Gosling shot and killed Ngcobo at the Margate taxi rank during a SAPS crime prevention operation.

“He alleged that the deceased had run away and that after he chased him, the deceased had come at the policeman with a knife, threatening to stab him. The policeman then fired at the deceased, hitting him in the abdomen. [The] Deceased then died as a result of police shooting,” said Dlamini.

Four months later, he shot and killed Ndovela at the Port Shepstone taxi rank. Gosling raised a similar defence that Ndovela had attacked him with a knife and had shot him in self-defence as he had done with Ngcobo. He suspected both of them of dealing in drugs.

Dlamini said both matters were investigated by the IPID which then made recommendations for Gosling to be prosecuted for murder after they arrested him on 6 June 2015 for two counts of murder.

Gosling was convicted on both counts and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment Ngcobo’s murder and 15 years’ imprisonment on the second count. The sentences will run concurrently.

Dlamini said it was further established during the trial that Gosling had committed other crimes of a similar nature where he had shot and killed suspects in Port Shepstone, Murchison, Margate and Harding.

“The IPID commends its investigator for conducting a thorough investigation which uncovered a disturbing pattern of criminality by a police officer,” said Dlamini.

He alleged that the deceased had run away and that after he chased him, the deceased had come at the policeman with a knife, threatening to stab him. The policeman then fired at the deceased, hitting him in the abdomen. The IPID commends its investigator for conducting a thorough investigation which uncovered a disturbing pattern of criminality by a police officer

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