Two murdering robbers get three life terms plus 309 years each

South African Police Service

Two murdering robbers get three life terms plus 309 years each
Two murdering robbers get three life terms plus 309 years each

Detective Sergeant Molefi Samuel Manana was praised when the sentences was handed down in the Johannesburg High Court on the 26th of March 2018.

The accused Jansen Jan Jimmy (34) and Lakay Stephen Small (38) were found guilty on 33 counts, which include three counts of murder, seven counts of house breaking with the intent to rob and robbery with aggravating circumstances and five counts attempted murder.

The accused and other accomplices committed these crimes between 2015 and 2016 before they were arrested. The modus operandi was to break into their victims’ homes during which the home owners were threatened with firearms. In most cases the victims were shot multiple times. Three of their victims, aged 23 to 67, were shot and killed by the accused. Five were shot and injured. One of the victims was shot 16 times and succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

These accused terrorised the community of Muldersdrift area in Nooitgedacht until one of the victims spotted them in Diepsloot. On the 06th of July 2016 the victim notified the police. Sergeant Manana and Constable Bambiso of Muldersdrift SAPS responded swiftly and arrested the first suspect. They worked tirelessly to arrest the second suspect with the assistance of a source.

Sergeant Manana was assigned to investigate these cases. With the assistance of his colleague Constable Bambiso they immediately put their experience to the test and bail was successfully denied when they appeared at court.

The sentence was handed down by Judge Monama while Advocate Du Plooy prosecuted on behalf of the state. The accused were sentenced to three life terms imprisonment and a total of 309 years imprisonment each.

West Rand Cluster Commander Major General Kekana applauds the member for his willingness to go the extra mile to ensure that justice is served to the families affected by these senseless crimes. “He showed positive character, diligence committed and passion for his work during the trial of this case. The member showed that he can work under pressure and still do the best work to serve the community” said the General.

The member is encouraged to continue to serve the organisation with pride and dignity at all times. The community applauds him for the conviction secured.

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