STATEMENT BY UGU SAPS:
Ugu Cluster Detective Commander, Colonel Indresan Naicker, has welcomed the sentencing of three men on 8 January in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s court for aggravated robbery, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.
He further commended the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Ntsikelelo Nqubula of Port Shepstone Detective Service, for the thorough investigation and subsequent lengthy conviction.
Two friends were preparing to fish on 26 May 2018 near KuluCrete at the Umzimkhulu River in Port Shepstone, when they were viciously attacked by three suspects.
One of the victims, a 47-year-old man, was stabbed in the chest and left upper arm while exiting the vehicle. The men jumped into the river in an attempt to get away when the suspects began throwing rocks at them.
A 54-year-old victim sustained severe injuries to his head. They safely made it to the other side of the river and waited for the suspects to leave before one of them swam back across the river to get the vehicle and assistance.
Investigations led police to Bhobhoyi location in Port Shepstone where the suspects were arrested during June 2018. Property taken during the robbery included cellphones, clothing and fishing gear.
Three suspects made several court appearances and were found guilty and sentenced on 8 January. Siphelele Lucky Ndlovu (32), Brian Lubabalo Sigithi (23) and Bheki Mtshali (34) were each sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for the charges.