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Ho­tel rob­ber be­hind bars

- Jamey Gor­don Crime · Incidents · Toyota

A 35-year-old rob­ber was handed a hefty sen­tence after be­ing found guilty for his in­volve­ment in an armed rob­bery at a pres­ti­gious Som­er­set West ho­tel nearly five years ago.

The­bile Kutta was con­victed of busi­ness rob­bery and sen­tenced to 20 years’ im­pris­on­ment fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent at a spa and ho­tel on Wed­nes­day 23 De­cem­ber 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to Sergeant Suzan Jan­tjies, spokesper­son for Som­er­set West po­lice, the ac­cused was among five sus­pects who tar­geted the busi­ness lo­cated on Lourens­ford Road at 01:15. The rob­bers, wield­ing firearms, pounced on two staff mem­bers at re­cep­tion. The em­ploy­ees’ hands and feet were bound with ca­ble ties be­fore be­ing robbed of their cell­phones and wal­lets.

Jan­tjies said the sus­pects, one of whom was dressed as a para­medic, fled the scene in a white Toy­ota Verso. The get­away ve­hi­cle was later dis­cov­ered aban­doned in Lwan­dle and an undis­closed amount of money found in­side was con­fis­cated.

Jan­tjies said the then 31-year-old

Kutta was pos­i­tively linked to the case through his fin­ger­prints found at the scene, and he was ar­rested on 16 Jan­uary 2016. He re­mained in cus­tody un­til his sen­tenc­ing. The other sus­pects couldn’t be linked to the in­ci­dent.

Som­er­set West po­lice sta­tion com­man­der Colonel Ja­col­ize Fleis­chmann wel­comed the sen­tenc­ing and hopes this would de­ter oth­ers from com­mit­ting se­ri­ous crimes in fu­ture. She com­mended De­tec­tive Sergeant David Stimela for the great work.

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