Prison sentence for robber

A man was sentenced to twenty seven years in prison for armed robbery.

A 35-year-old man was convicted and sentenced to 27 years’ imprisonment in the Durban Magistrates Court last week for armed robbery, attempted murder, pointing of a firearm and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

This sentence follows an armed robbery which took place on 6 March 2014 in which workers at a local business were robbed at gunpoint by the suspect, Bhekikhaya Ngobese.

Ngobese threatened the staff with a firearm, demanding cash from them. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken and the suspect fled the scene on foot while firing shots at the victims. No one was injured during the robbery.

Major Thulani Zwane said the police were called and Ngobese was arrested immediately. He was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

“He was charged and made several court appearances until he was convicted,” he said.

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner, Lt Gen Mmamonnye Ngobeni welcomed the conviction and sentence handed down to the accused.

“This will send a clear message to the perpetrators that crime does not pay. We also appeal to the community members to work together with the police in the fight against crime by reporting those who are involved in such crimes,” she said.

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