Re­lief af­ter busi­ness­man’s killers jailed for life


THE FAM­ILY of a man who died af­ter be­ing shot twice in the head at their bot­tle store two years ago, fi­nally have clo­sure af­ter his killers were con­victed and sen­tenced in the Durban High Court last week Wed­nes­day.

Mar­shall Naidoo, 29, died in hos­pi­tal and his mother, Sheila, was wounded af­ter she was shot in the left leg dur­ing an armed rob­bery at their busi­ness premises in Gled­how, KwaDukuza, in March 2016.

Siphamandla Sang­weni, 29, and Phi­lani Kham­bule, 26, were each sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment for mur­der, 15 years each for busi­ness rob­bery and a fur­ther eight years on each count of at­tempted mur­der.

Sang­weni and Kham­bule had en­tered the bot­tle store while Naidoo and his mother were cash­ing up. The sus­pects fired at them be­fore flee­ing with cash and other items.

A su­per­mar­ket next to the bot­tle store was be­ing robbed at the same time.

The rob­bers then at­tempted to hi­jack – and then shot – a mo­torist in the vicin­ity be­fore flee­ing. The get­away ve­hi­cle was found aban­doned about a kilo­me­tre away.

Naidoo was taken to hos­pi­tal where he suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

Naidoo’s sis­ter, Mar­cell, said: “We are happy with the out­come. It has been a long and painful wait and we fi­nally have clo­sure know­ing his killers have been brought to book.”

She said their mother’s leg was per­ma­nently dam­aged and she used crutches.

“Our mother un­der­went ex­ten­sive treat­ment, but her leg will never be nor­mal again. Although she is phys­i­cally cop­ing, the emo­tional pain will never go away.” Oneida Cooper with her fa­ther, Dr Saths Cooper, on Robben Is­land in this pic­ture posted on her In­sta­gram ac­count.

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