Life in prison for men who killed Berry

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Devon Koen koend@ti­soblack­star.co.za

A COM­PLETE dis­re­gard not only for hu­man life but also the con­se­quences of their ac­tions, sealed the fate of two men con­victed of mur­der when they were sen­tenced to lengthy prison terms yes­ter­day.

Hand­ing down sen­tences in the Port El­iz­a­beth High Court, Judge Day­alin Chetty said he found no sub­stan­tial or com­pelling cir­cum­stances to de­vi­ate from sen­tenc­ing Gre­gory Malie, 34, and Sher­win Groot­boom, 25, to life in prison.

Last month, Malie and Groot­boom were found guilty of the June 2016 mur­der of Sean “Nako” Berry, the at­tempted mur­der of Shoalin Afrikan­der and the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion.

Berry was shot twice while stand­ing in the street a few houses down from his Barend Street, Salt Lake, home.

His son, who has not been named for his own safety, wit­nessed the shoot­ing and tes­ti­fied in court.

Berry was the brother of no­to­ri­ous gang king­pin Dono­van “Staal” Berry, who was shot and killed a month be­fore his brother.

In his judg­ment, Chetty high­lighted the ev­i­dence be­fore court and that after the ar­rest of Malie and Groot­boom there had been a di­rect im­pact on a num­ber of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties in the Barend Street area.

Chetty said Berry had been ex­e­cuted in re­tal­i­a­tion for Malie and Gr­root­boom’s ban­ish­ment from a drug den op­er­ated by Dono­van in Barend Street.

“Their sub­se­quent ejec­tion from the premises was there­fore the [main rea­son] for the shoot­ing of the de­ceased.”

Malie and Groot­boom were sen­tenced to life for mur­der, 10 years for at­tempted mur­der, 15 years for the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm and three years for the pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: EU­GENE COET­ZEE

SEN­TENCED: Sher­win Groot­boom, 25, and Gre­gory Malie, 34, right, were sen­tenced in the Port El­iz­a­beth High Court for the mur­der of Sean Berry

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