Joburg cop's killers get life in jail

2012-05-15 13:41

Johannesburg - The killers of police Lieutenant Colonel Mark Ishlove have been sentenced to life behind bars, The Star newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Ishlove, 60, died in a shoot-out between police and a five-man gang near a primary school in Northcliff, Johannesburg on June 15 last year. Two of the gunmen died.

The three who survived were sentenced to life imprisonment by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Monday for his murder.

"The court is satisfied that the minimum prescribed sentence will not be unjust," Judge Naren Pandya was quoted as saying.

Happy Mokorongo, Mountain Msezane, and Joseph Mogashoa were also sentenced to 16 years on four counts of attempted murder and an additional five years for attempting to kill Warrant Officer Selby Sibanyoni, who was wounded.

Mokorongo received a further five years in jail for possessing a semi-automatic firearm.

All three received another 15 years for unlawfully possessing other firearms used in the shooting, and an additional year for possessing ammunition. The sentences would run concurrently.

They were acquitted of murdering their accomplice, who died in the shooting.

  • Hallo - 2012-05-15 13:59

    Daddy's little blue eyes i come for you... Pappa is waiting for this scum

  • Christo - 2012-05-15 14:02

    Why don't we have "life without parole" in this country? This is what these scumbags deserve!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-15 14:51

      Yes, for killing a policeman, I agree !!

      jerry.pres - 2012-05-15 19:59

      For killing anyone, I agree!!

  • michael.mamba - 2012-05-15 14:05

    Good News....

  • winston.mullany - 2012-05-15 14:07

    Pity they can't hang the bastards!

  • shandukane.moshatana - 2012-05-15 14:08

    Death sentence please SA

  • Jayne - 2012-05-15 14:38

    don't understand how you get life for killing an armed man but only 10 years for killing unarmed victims in this country?

  • Flynn - 2012-05-15 14:45

    Thats good news but I just hope that all cop killers get the same or higher sentence. This will ensure that people must not take the law for granted

  • Dickie - 2012-05-15 15:02

    A well respected and professional unslefish person, Marc Ishlove was. These life sentences,do not justify the taking of such a precious valuable life,that contributed 1000% to training reservists.Lt Col Marc Ishlove, If I could, I would personally take their lives in return for Yours. YOU ARE SORELY MISSED.

  • Rob - 2012-05-15 19:08

    May they 'rot in hell'. Sad justice for one of our 'dedicated' men in blue who obviously performed and died for his 'belief' in the 'safety and security' for all in South Africa. His family have been totally destroyed - for what?... Well done my man, I for one am proud of you. (Ex Policeman).....

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