Po­li­ce wel­co­mes con­victi­ons

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Con­victi­ons we­re se­cu­red in so­me im­por­tant ca­ses this week in the Graaff­rei­net Ma­gi­stra­te’s court.

Two sus­pects we­re gi­ven cus­to­di­al sen­ten­ces for mur­der, one to 10 y­e­ars and the ot­her to 8 y­e­ars’ im­pri­son­ment. A ra­pe sus­pect was con­victed and sen­ten­ced to 10 y­e­ars.

In a ca­se of theft, the sus­pect was sen­ten­ced to 6 mont­hs’ im­pri­son­ment, sus­pen­ded for fi­ve y­e­ars, and was al­so de­cla­red un­fit to pos­sess a fi­re­arm.

For robbery, both sus­pects in a ca­se we­re sen­ten­ced to 10 y­e­ars’ im­pri­son­ment, of which 5 y­e­ars is sus­pen­ded for 5 y­e­ars.

In the A­ber­deen Re­gi­o­nal Court, a Mar­tie­nis Baai­tjies re­cei­ved a sen­ten­ce of 8 y­e­ars’ im­pri­son­ment for the ra­pe of a 19 y­e­ar old fe­ma­le that occur­red ne­ar the ri­ver in A­ber­deen in 2017.

Mo­re than half of the to­tal num­ber of ar­res­ts for the past week, in the A­ber­deen and Graaff-rei­net po­li­cing dis­tricts, we­re Mar­tie­nis Baai­tjies has been sen­ten­ced to 8 y­e­ars for ra­pe. for li­quor or d­rug re­la­ted cri­mes.

Three pe­op­le we­re ar­res­ted for pos­ses­si­on of d­rugs- one e­ach for Man­drax, tik and dag­ga. Ni­ne sus­pects we­re held for being drunk and dis­or­der­ly.

Two sus­pects we­re ar­res­ted for unspe­ci­fied traf­fic of­fen­ces, and one for loi­te­ring.

The­re we­re two ar­res­ts for as­sault, one of which was with in­tent to cau­se grie­vous bo­di­ly harm.

In property-re­la­ted cri­mes, the­re we­re ar­res­ts for shoplifting, stock theft, pos­ses­si­on of sus­pected sto­len goods and ma­li­ci­ous da­ma­ge to property –one sus­pect ar­res­ted for e­ach of­fen­ce.

This week’s haul of con­fis­ca­ted goods in­clu­des Man­drax, 85g dag­ga, cash, kni­ves, ham­mers, an an­gle grin­der and dis­cs, and sa­fe doors.

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