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Kenyan sentenced to life in prison for murder by a South African court

 STATEMENT BY SCOTTBURGH SAPS : OCTOGENERIAN’S MURDERER SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS IMPRISONMENT

PolicebadgeThe lifeless body of octogenarian Ramsacal Bagrathic was discovered in the early morning hours of 30 October 2010 at his home in School Circle, Park Rynie. He had been suffocated with a pillow and the house was in a state of disarray. It was evident that he had been robbed before being murdered. The Scottburgh SAPS registered charges of house robbery and murder for investigation.

Ismail Juma (20), a foreign (Kenyan) national, was arrested and detained by members of the Scottburgh Cluster Detective Task Team in the Mahatma Gandhi Road (Point Road) precincts in Durban.  He made repeated court appearances and was remanded back into police custody until his final appearance in the Scottburgh Regional Court on Wednesday, 5 February, where he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and 15 years imprisonment for aggravated robbery. The sentences are to run consecutively, meaning that Juma would be serving a 40-year jail term.

Detective Warrant Officer Yugen Moodley of the Detective Task Team expressed his gratitude toMs Pratisha Jugnundan, the prosecutor who presented the case for the State, for her advice and guidance throughout the investigation of the case. “ I’m relieved that the case has been finalised and am pleased with the conviction and sentence.”, said Moodley. The Port Shepstone Cluster Commander, Major General Thembi Ndlovu commended the members of the Scottburgh Cluster Detective Task team for the excellent investigation of the case. “The wheels ofjustice grind slowly but exceedingly fine and I welcome the sentence meted out by the court. Justice has been served and yet another criminal has been taken off our streets to a place where he belongs – behind steel bars. The members on the Task Team are committed and loyal to the SAPS and I thank them for their sterling work.” said the General.

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A Kenyan man has been sentenced to life in prison by a South African court after being convicted of robbery and murder.

Ismail Juma, 20, was sentenced Wednesday by a Scottburgh Regional Court judge in KwaZulu-Natal for the murder of Mr Ramsacal Bagrathic, 86, in October of 2010.

Mr Juma was arrested and detained in October 2010 by members of the Scottburgh Cluster Detective Task Team in the Mahatma Gandhi precincts in Durban. He made several court appearances and was remanded in police custody until Wednesday when his case came up for ruling.

Mr Bagrathic’s body was discovered in the early morning hours of October 30, 2010 at his home in School Circle, Park Rynie. Police said he had been suffocated with a pillow. His house was in a state of disarray. “It was evident that he had been robbed before being murdered,” prosecutor Pratisha Jugnundan told the judge during the proceedings.

Speaking to the media soon after the ruling, Detective Warrant Officer Yugen Moodley of the Detective Task Team said he was happy with the verdict. “I’m relieved that the case has been finalised and I’m pleased with the conviction and sentence,” said Moodley, who led a team of investigators.

The Port Shepstone Cluster Commander, Major General Thembi Ndlovu commended the members of the Scottburgh Cluster Detective Task force saying: “This is testimony that the wheels of justice grind slowly but exceedingly fine and I welcome the sentence meted out by the court. No one, not even an octogenarian like Mr Bagrathic should meet his die in such a cruel manner.”

A police spokesman told the South African News Agency (SAPA) briefing that besides the life sentence, Juma would also serve 15 years imprisonment for aggravated robbery. “The sentences will run concurrently,” said Captain Thulani Zwane.

-Nation

 

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