Robber back in court after 13 convictions

2012-09-25 10:07

Cape Town - A Cape Town man has appeared in court for the 10th time on a crime of dishonesty, prompting a magistrate to say it appeared no sentence would deter him.

Magistrate Wilma van der Merwe sentenced Thabo Meli, 25, to 15 years in jail for robbing three women of their cellphones after threatening them with a toy gun in Camps Bay, reported the Cape Argus.

The court heard that Meli had 13 previous convictions.

“This is the 10th time you are in court for a crime of dishonesty and the second time for a crime of violence. This type of crime is very prevalent in this court’s jurisdiction. Adults like you seek out soft targets – girls and schoolchildren – and rob them of their cellphones,” said Van der Merwe.

She said it was not in the interest of society for people like him to walk around thinking he had the right to take their possessions.

  • edward.d.beesley - 2012-09-25 10:52

    Blah, blah, blah ... justice in this country: a toothless dog, all bark, no bite.

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-25 11:17

    The guy is a hibitual criminal. No amount of normal sentencing will help. Have him locked away for ever or until he is old enough to be harmless. Come on your honour get tough.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-09-25 12:35

    Obviously a blue coat would suit him best. Of course, according to those happy do-gooders this poor man is the victim of society's failure to give him what he is entitled to. So he will be "rehabilitated" after about 2 or 3 years and returned to society, a good and nice citizen - free to rob and assault again and again. And these do-gooders never learn, even when they themselves are the victims they still believe that this poor man needs help, it is their fault that he robbed or assaulted them!

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-09-26 11:02

    It is clear that the ANC's doctrine has failed it's supporters. Why do they have to steal to survive despite the racists laws that give them an advantage when seeking employment? Is it because the department of education fails to deliver books?

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-06 08:11

    What on earth was he doing being out and about after the FIRST CONVICTION??????

  • tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-11-06 08:48

    15 years for robbing a person of a cellphone, but 5 years for violent murder or rape, and if you know someone then you get off scott free even with OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE. Well done judge Wilma, just shows you are as clueless as the rest of them.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-06 09:17

    Better late than never, 15 years for theft should make criminals think.

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