WESTERN CAPE – Our commitment to protect our most vulnerable, such as those with special needs and disability yielded positive results when a hefty sentence was imposed onto an accused for housebreaking, robbery and robbery aggravated perpetrated against a 33-year-old physically challenged person.
His conviction in the Regional Court in Knysna earlier this week on 19 January 2021 relates to an incident at Rheenendal, Knysna in the early morning hours of 29 September 2018. The accused, Nigel Smith (27), entered the bungalow of the 33-year-old victim and suppressed him to the bed. He stuffed a pillow over the face of the victim in an attempt to suffocate him, but did not succeed. The suspect then took a cellphone as well as cash before he fled the scene on foot.
Thorough investigation by members attached to the Knysna Detectives and Tsitsikamma K9 led to the arrest of the accused later. The cellphone was also recovered.
The accused was found guilty on charges of housebreaking, robbery and robbery with aggravating circumstances. He was sentenced to 15 and 5 years imprisonment respectively which will run concurrently.
This harsh sentence should act as deterrent to other potential robbers who targets vulnerable persons, especially those who are in no position to defend themselves.
Western Cape Provincial management has commended the investigators, for their dedication and vigilance which led to the arrest and subsequent conviction.
Source: South African Police Service