Three Mozambican nationals, Alberto Hilario Gumbe (37), Paulos Simbini (40), and Silva Hilario Gumbe (35), were sentenced to 24 years direct imprisonment by the Westonaria Magistrates’ Court, for robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted murder, and contravening the Immigration Act. The court also declared that they were unfit to possess a firearm and further ordered that they be deported to Mozambique after serving their sentence.
On 09 August 2020, the three men stormed the house of Robert Motale, who was with his family at Zuurbekom. They shot him in the arm and proceeded to ransack his house, taking several items which included laptops, iPhones, car keys, children’s stationery, and clothing. The accused fled the scene with Motale’s car which was parked outside the house, and the vehicle was later found abandoned in the nearby bushes.
The complainant tracked his phones and together with the police rushed to where the phone location pointed, in Bekkersdal. The accused were arrested in possession of some of the stolen items. Motale suffered a traumatic experience along with his family, and they are still having trouble coming to terms with the incident that occurred. The bullet wound will always serve as a painful reminder of what happened.
In arguing for a firmer sentence, State Prosecutor Jonathan Nkadimeng argued that this is a serious and prevalent offence. He further added that the court ought to impose a harsh sentence that will deter other potential offenders to commit a similar offence.
The NPA commends Regional Court Prosecutor, Jonathan Nkadimeng, and Investigating Officer Sergeant Edwin Ngobeni, for bringing the accused to book and ensuring that the complainants received the items that were stolen from them.
Issued by NPA