Potch hijackers get 18 years

2012-06-14 09:31

Johannesburg - Two men, who killed a man they had hijacked as well as a family of three, were sentenced to 18 years in jail by the Potchefstroom Circuit Court, Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday.

Simon Machave, 21, and David Lebesi, 31, hijacked Batimedi Mothupi's Condor near Klerksdorp on January 23 2010. The two were sentenced on Wednesday.

A wild car chase ensued between police and the hijackers, during which the criminals drove the Condor into oncoming traffic, killing Johan and Talita Fourie and their 3-month-old baby son, Tiaan.

Mothupi was flung out of his car, and he was also killed.

Machave, who was seriously injured in the crash, later escaped from hospital in a wheelchair, and was tracked down the following day, 2km away, crawling on his bottom.

Judge John Horn found Machave and Lebesi guilty of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and the illegal possession of a firearm.

  • Jacqueline - 2012-06-14 09:52

    You've got to be kidding me??? They should go to jail for life.

      eil33nn - 2012-06-14 10:24

      18 years for a that how little our government values our lives?

      louwhan.hoffmann - 2012-06-14 10:28

      @OvaprivilegedWhitey - I am so glad to see you managed to stick to the article.

      Alexander - 2012-06-14 10:30

      I'm no lawyer but as far as I know 15 - 25 years is considered a "life sentence" in many countries. Anyway, we need the death penalty for people like this…

      Derek - 2012-06-14 10:34

      Ovaprivileged, try comment on the article at hand, i.e. the awesome effects of crime on good people irrespective of their colour and whether they are over-privileged or not.

      procold2 - 2012-06-14 11:08

      I agree with all the above except the idiot troll, 18 years is nothing bring back the deathe sentance

      Dorothea - 2012-06-14 11:10

      ovaprivileged, you are quite correct in your assumptions. it is not our fault that we reign supreme. what would you like us to do about it?

      James - 2012-06-14 11:24

      @ovacooked.... what a racist prick!!! are you brain dead???

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-14 11:28

      OvaprivilegedWhitey - I don't know what your issue is because you ramble on aimlessly, but can't you take a pill or something?

      Curry - 2012-06-14 11:31

      @News24 Webmaster/Editor - who is monitoring these articles and comments? Many have had far more tame and far more relevant comments removed on these forums. What on earth is keeping this muppet-troll, "OvaprivilegedWhitey" on your site with his mindless irrelevant rantings?

  • Mary - 2012-06-14 09:54

    18 years is just not enough for causing the death of 3 adults and an innocent 3 month old. They should rot in jail and pay for their actions

  • Wayne - 2012-06-14 10:00

    Only 18 Years. Shocking!!!!!

  • Henry - 2012-06-14 10:01

    The police should have killed them at the accident scene

      Wayne - 2012-06-14 10:10

      Yea, "accidents" happen.

  • prieurp34 - 2012-06-14 10:03

    Jailed for agrevated robbery and illegal posession of a firearm, what about murder?? 18 years I not nearly enough, life imprissonment is what the deserve!

  • johleneh - 2012-06-14 10:04

    This is insane, what about murder charges or at the VERY LEAST, manslaughter being added? What is happening to our beloved country?

  • Njabulo Jama - 2012-06-14 10:09

    WOW talk about getting a very light sentence

  • scott.arendse - 2012-06-14 10:12

    What is wrong with our justice system. 18 years?????? Makes me want to start filling in immigration forms...

      Dorothea - 2012-06-14 11:11

      what are you waiting for then? are you still waiting around for things to improve? you'll be dead before that happens....

  • Paul - 2012-06-14 10:19

    Should have been the death sentence

  • geoffrey.filby - 2012-06-14 10:21

    18 years? sick!! it's like telling a robber who stole 10mil to pay back 2mil. This is shocking. Or a f#$King sick joke.

  • UncleShep - 2012-06-14 10:25

    The two guys who robbed a spar store in Fairlands e Jozi were given 32 years each...and now murderes just 18 does this work really....?

      UncleShep - 2012-06-14 10:39

      @ StilleWaters....C'mon now with ya race card....what u say bout the robbers???....were they white?

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-06-14 10:51

      @Sillewaters FFS. So a white judge called John Horn gave them a lighter sentence because they had killed white people? Is there logic in there? There really is an obsession with race in this country. By the way you are wrong, 4 people were killed, the 4th being the black guy who was hijacked.

      Patsy - 2012-06-14 10:58

      Good question, gladlad. I'd also like to know the answer to that. Doesn't make sense

  • Pat - 2012-06-14 10:35

    why only 18, why????? how do u reach that number.. seams like a lottery draw takes place for the sentencing!! o south africa, why does it seem things wont ever get better

  • Michael - 2012-06-14 10:41

    And escaped on a wheelchair...what a joke.

      Rory - 2012-06-14 10:53

      It is a very sad joke...Incredible. My jaw was widening the whole time in disbelief at this story as it just built and built into the joke it ended up being. a 2km sh1tstreak and they still couldn't track him down? 18 years? This country has so got its priorities wrong. Thats what makes people sick of the C"ANC'ER running this pig show. Not black, white nothing - just uncaring pieces of human excrement running our country.

      nokuthandwa - 2012-06-14 10:53

      meaning he was not under police guard at the hospital which also gave him a head start as well, considering he was found only the following day crawling on his bum

  • Carla - 2012-06-14 10:45

    4 people lost their lives and these bastards only get 18 years???? How is that justice??

  • nokuthandwa - 2012-06-14 10:51

    So they kill an entire family plus the guy they highjacked and only get 18 years?! The one will be 39 and the other 49 when when they get out, still fit enough to commit crime (and that's if they spend the whole 18 years in prison which we all know that it wont happen)!!!

  • Patsy - 2012-06-14 10:54

    Why only 18 years? Why not a life sentence? Three innocent people killed, including a baby, and they 6 years ONLY for each life. Absolutely crazy..

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-06-14 10:54

    "Judge John Horn found Machave and Lebesi guilty of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and the illegal possession of a firearm." What about the charges relating to the deaths of the 4 people? Were they not charged for the 4 counts of culpible homicide or murder? What a joke.

  • Bokfan - 2012-06-14 11:25

    You kill four innocent people and then get this pathetic sentence. At least they will still be inside when this criminal regime changes and then real justice will be meted out. To the judge as well.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-14 11:26

    Simply not good enough. 18 years for killing people?

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-14 11:42

    18 years..... What a pathetic sentence! Typical. If the anc made sure criminal are dealt with more properly then these things won't happen. This is our government for you huh?

  • Khomotjo - 2012-06-14 13:45

    18 years?That's nothing every murder charge that is not based on self defence should be given a life sentence!

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