Murdering gang members get hefty sentences, Port Elizabeth

South African Police Service

Murdering gang members get hefty sentences, Port Elizabeth
Murdering gang members get hefty sentences, Port Elizabeth

The Provincial Commissioner for the Eastern Cape, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga welcomed the sentencing of two Port Elizabeth gang members in the PE Regional Court today, 23 April 2018.

On 28 February 2018, Jezwin Peacock(26) and Nealon Redhouse (18), affiliated to the Spotbouer gang, at the time, were found guilty on two counts of murder, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Jezwin Peacock was sentenced to murder x 2, possession of a semi automatic firearm and possession of ammunition. On charges 1 and 2 he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each of which half will run concurrent to Count 1. Charges 3 and 4 he received 7 years in prison which will run concurrent with charge 2. Effectively he will serve 30 years imprisonment.

Nealon Redhouse was also sentenced to 2 x murder, possession of a semi- automatic weapon and possession of ammunition. On charge 1and 2 he was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment each of which half of the sentence of count 2 will run concurrent with count 1. On charges 3 and 4 he was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment which will run concurrent with count 1. Effectively he will serve 18 years imprisonment.

On 1 November 2015, the two accused went to a shack in an open field in Ext 31 Bethelsdorp and gained entry through an open window. The accused then opened the door and allowed more suspects to enter. The shack was a well known drug post. The two deceased persons were shot (execution style). The deceased, Gershwin Morris (approx. age 32) and Bramwell Fortuin (approx. age 34) were not gang members but lived as Rastas selling dagga from this shack. The motive for the killing is believed to be drug related as the deceased were selling drugs not far from the Spotbouer territory. At the time of the offence, all the suspects wore masks and their identities were not known.

Due to meticulous crime scene management and forensic analysis, the two accused were linked through fingerprints found on the window sill and on a mask that was left behind by the suspects.

Within two weeks after the crime, the first accused, Jezwin Peacock was arrested at another drug den in Kleinskool. About four months later, Nealon Redhouse (a juvenile at the time) was arrested at his house in Barberry Drive Ext 31 Bethelsdorp. Peacock remained in custody while Redhouse was released on bail. Redhouse is currently charged for two other gang related murder cases which he allegedly committed after this case.

Lieutenant General Ntshinga commended the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit for their dedication and thorough investigation of their cases. “These successes are as a result of the integrated partnership between the prosecuting authority, investigators and expert forensic analysis. In order to have a successful prosecution a docket must be thoroughly investigated and presented for the case to be heard at court. These sentences send out a strong warning to gangs who instil fear in the lives of innocent law abiding citizens in the Northern areas that the law will always be victorious and we will not stop in our efforts to ensure that they are sent to prison for a long time. We, the SAPS remain resolute in reclaiming the space and creating a safe and secure environment for every citizen of this country,” added Lt Gen Ntshinga .

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