The Westonaria Magistrates’ Court has slammed the hammer of justice down on three Mozambican nationals – Alberto Hilario Gumbe 37, Paulos Simbini 40, and Silva Hilario Gumbe 35 – sentencing them to 24 years behind bars for their heinous crimes.
The trio was found guilty of robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted murder, and contravening the Immigration Act, prompting the court to declare them unfit to carry firearms. In addition, they will be deported back to Mozambique once their sentence has been served.
According to the spokesperson of National Prosecuting Authority, Gauteng Local Division, Phindi Mjonondwane, the accused had stormed Robert Motale’s residence in Zuurbekom on August 9, 2020, where they shot him in the arm before ransacking his home and fleeing with several valuables, including laptops, iPhones, car keys, stationery, and clothing.
Motale’s car, which was parked outside, was also stolen and later abandoned in the nearby bushes.
With the help of the police, Motale managed to track his phones’ location and traced the robbers to Bekkersdal, where they were apprehended in possession of some of the stolen items.
While the complainant and his family are still coming to terms with the traumatic incident, the NPA lauds the efforts of Regional Court Prosecutor Jonathan Nkadimeng and Investigating Officer Sergeant Edwin Ngobeni in ensuring that justice is served and the stolen items are returned to their rightful owner.
In urging the court to impose a strict sentence, Prosecutor Nkadimeng stressed the gravity of the offence, adding that a tough penalty was essential to deter future offenders. With this verdict, justice has prevailed, and the community can feel safer knowing that these criminals will be behind bars for a long time.