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