Man on pa­role in court for mug­ging

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MATLHATSI DIBAKWANE

BARELY a week after being re­leased from jail for being found guilty of rob­bery, a 25-year-old man was ar­rested again, this time for being in­volved in a mug­ging.

The man, who ap­peared in court yes­ter­day, had been re­leased on pa­role last week after three months in jail. Five days into his new­found free­dom he and three oth­ers al­legedly at­tacked a man in Sun­ny­side, Pre­to­ria, rob­bing him of his cash and jacket, and pos­si­bly an iPhone.

Po­lice said the man had been re­leased from a six­month jail sen­tence and was on pa­role un­til Oc­to­ber.

He had been jailed for a rob­bery in Sun­ny­side in Au­gust last year, after being found in pos­ses­sion of a Black­berry cell­phone, car keys and bank cards stolen from the per­son who claimed to be the right­ful owner of the items.

“The sus­pect was caught red-handed dur­ing the early hours of Sun­day after po­lice found three men at­tack­ing a vic­tim near the cor­ner of Fran­cis Baard and Wes­sels streets,” said po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Daniel Mav­im­bela.

“The other two sus­pects man­aged to es­cape,” he said, adding that it would ap­pear they ran off with the vic­tim’s iPhone.

But the vic­tim’s money and jacket were re­cov­ered from the sus­pect.

When he ap­peared in court yes­ter­day, he faced charges of rob­bery, and re­mained in po­lice cus­tody as his case was post­poned to Mon­day.

Said Mav­im­bela: “In our view, peo­ple should be free and still be safe, our duty is to en­sure crim­i­nals are re­moved from the pub­lic.”

He ap­pealed to the pub­lic to be care­ful when walk­ing alone, but said crim­i­nals should not hold them pris­oner in their own city.

“Our plea is for peo­ple to be cu­ri­ous, avoid dark and iso­lated ar­eas. But most im­por­tantly our duty is to make peo­ple feel safe,” he said.

Mav­im­bela said he had no­ticed that re­peat of­fend­ers were few, and parolees were part of that group. “What I have no­ticed is that crim­i­nals have a par­tic­u­lar way of do­ing things.”

He warned peo­ple who thought they could com­mit crimes in Sun­ny­side. “We will not sit back as the po­lice, as crim­i­nals think they will turn Sun­ny­side into their happy hunt­ing ground.”

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