Provincial Commissioner commends Ikageng detective for securing hefty sentences against house robbers

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena commended Sergeant Octaviane Abrahams from Ikageng Detectives for his meticulous investigative work that resulted in the conviction and sentencing of Donald Madou Baloyi (30), Collen Raditekele Lentsoane (28) and Joseph Makhale Marutla (44) by the Potchefstroom Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 3 August 2022.

The trio was found guilty of robbery with aggravated circumstances, housebreaking and theft reported in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, 30 December 2014. A family, consisting of parents and their two daughters were sleeping in their house in Ikageng when they were woken up by suspects, who threatened them with firearms. The 54-year-old father, his wife and two daughters were taken to the bathroom and tied up, whilst the suspects ransacked their house. After taking four cellular phones, a laptop, jewellery and a firearm, the robbers fled the scene.

With the assistance of information gathered by Crime Intelligence, the trio were arrested three months after the incident. They were sentenced as follows:

Donald Madou Baloyi: 15 Years imprisonment

Collen Raditekele Lentsoane: 20 Years imprisonment

Joseph Makhale Marutla: 20 Years imprisonment

The Provincial Commissioner, thanked all role players involved for working tirelessly to secure the sentences.

Source: South African Police Service

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