Durban man gets 33 years for attempted murder of policeman

2017-09-08 22:15


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Durban – A Durban man who shot and wounded a policeman before robbing him of his service pistol has been sentenced to 33 years, police said on Friday.

The Ntuzuma Regional Court on Tuesday sentenced Sanele Armstrong Mhlongo, 21, to 15 years for attempted murder and three years for illegal possession of a firearm.

He was also sentenced to 15 years for a house robbery case that had occurred earlier that day in the area.

Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said Mhlongo accosted the off-duty officer in August, 2015, while he (the officer) was inside his vehicle in the Ezimangweni area of Inanda, north of Durban.

“He shot and injured him with a rifle, and then he robbed him of his service firearm. A case of attempted murder was opened at Inanda police station and the victim was taken to hospital for medical attention where he spent many months recuperating,” she said.

Mbhele said after an intensive police investigation, Mhlongo was arrested and charged for attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm since the victim’s firearm was recovered from him.

“He was also linked to a house robbery case that had occurred earlier in the area. He was taken to court where he remained in custody throughout the trial,” she said.

Acting provincial commissioner Major General Bheki Langa said Mhlongo showed that he does not deserve to be within the community and had to be sent to jail for his horrendous acts.

“I also applaud the detectives for linking the criminal to other robberies and sending well-prepared dockets to court for successful prosecution,” he said.

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