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1 Feb 2019
12:33 pm

Hijacker sentenced to life imprisonment in Pietermaritzburg


He was convicted after the court heard how he committed crimes in the area in 2017.

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A 33-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment and another 26 years imprisonment by the Pietermaritzburg High Court for crimes of murder, robbery, and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, confirmed KwaZulu Natal police on Friday.

Spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said Siyabonga Prince Cele, 33, was convicted and sentenced for the charges.

Mbele said on December 15, 2017, the victim and his friend were in their VW Golf vehicle along Greyling Street when they were approached by five unknown suspects. Firearms were pointed at them and the driver was forced to move from the driver’s seat. The suspects took the vehicle dropped the victims off at Dales Park.

“The victims were assaulted and searched. Their cellphones were taken before the suspects drove away in their vehicle. Police were alerted and spotted the vehicle along the N3 towards Durban,” said Mbele in a statement.

“Police tried to stop the vehicle but the vehicle sped off. A chase ensued and the suspects opened fire at police. Police retaliate and one suspect was killed. The second suspect was arrested with gunshot wounds.”

A revolver with three rounds of ammunition was found as well as the cellphones taken during the hijacking. Cases of hijacking, inquest, attempted murder, and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition were opened for further investigation.

The docket was transferred to Alexandra Road Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit. During the trial, the inquest charge was changed to murder.

– African News Agency

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