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    Mdantsane man sentenced to 25 years for armed robbery

    February 15, 2021


    The Mdantsane regional court has sentenced a 28-year-old man to 25 years in prison for his involvement in an armed robbery of a tobacco vehicle in 2015.

    According to the Hawks spokesperson in the Eastern Cape, Capt Yolisa Mgolodela,  Ndibulele Sinqu was sentenced to 15 years in prison for robbery, five years’ imprisonment for possession of an unlicensed firearm and another five years’ imprisonment for possession of ammunition.

    She said his sentence stems from an incident that occurred in October 2015 where a British American Tobacco vehicle driver was robbed of boxes of cigarettes worth more than R500,000.

    “The driver parked the vehicle to get a quick bite at a service station in Mdantsane when he was confronted by five unknown armed men who hijacked and drove to a secluded area near Crave butchery where they offloaded all the boxes of tobacco worth more than R500,000,” Mgolodela said in a statement.

    She said two suspects, Sinqu and Sibongiseni Mbele, 30, were identified and arrested. Mbele later escaped from police custody and is still being sought.

    *Excerpt from article published in Dispatch Live
    *Credit Belinda Pheto
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