The Mercury

Three given life for drug lord’s murder

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THREE men convicted of the premeditat­ed murder of known gang leader and drug lord Donovan “Staal” Berry were sentenced to life imprisonme­nt by the Port Elizabeth High Court yesterday.

Eldgershin Goliath, 31, Nealon Redhouse, 21, and Deon Harmse, 25, were found guilty in July of the May 2016 murder of Berry, in which he sustained 37 gunshot wounds.

Berry was shot in the head and upper body outside a shop in Barberry Street, Bethelsdor­p.

Goliath was convicted of the charge of premeditat­ed murder, while Redhouse and Harmse were convicted of additional charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Redhouse and Harmse received eight years each on their gun conviction, which will run concurrent­ly with their life term behind bars.

Redhouse and Harmse were also convicted of the June 2016 murder of Aaliyah “Angel” Tee, 12, and the attempted murder of her father, Edmund, and mother, Candice.

In handing down sentence, acting judge Nicholas Mullens said that the men had only themselves to blame and their actions had consequenc­es.

Judge Mullens said Berry’s murder was “callous and brutal”.

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