Murder and robbery accused receive hefty sentences

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The Durban High Court convicted and sentenced 29-year-old Siphamandla Sangweni and 26-year-old Philani Khambule to life imprisonment for murder, 15 years for business robbery and an additional eight years for attempted murder, recently.
They received their judgement after the judge heard how both accused attacked shop owners and a customer at South Village, Gledhow Mini Village in 2016.
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Provincial police spokeswoman, Col Thembeka Mbhele said that in March 2016, the victim was at his supermarket when he was approached by two armed suspects.
“While the suspects were robbing the victim, a shot was fired from an adjacent bottle store where a man, Marshal Naidoo (28) was shot and killed. His mother and a customer were wounded during the shooting,” she explained.
They were shot by another group of suspects who were robbing them of cash and other items.
All suspects fled the scene in a Mercedes Benz belonging to the victims.

“Later, it was found abandoned about a kilometre away from the scene. A case of armed robbery, murder and two counts of attempted murder were opened at the KwaDukuza police station for further investigation,” she added.
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Col Mbhele said that through hard work by experienced detectives from the station, they managed to trace and arrest two suspects within a month after the crime was committed.
Both accused were charged with business robbery, murder and two counts of attempted murder. “Finally both accused were convicted and sentenced by the Durban High Court,” she concluded.
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