The Gang Task team operating under the umbrella of Operation Lockdown has once again secured a conviction and lengthy sentence against a 25 year old gang affiliate.
Ludonian Allies (Dustlifes) was sentenced in the Port Elizabeth High court today, 1 September 2016, on the following charges : murder – life imprisonment, attempted murder – 10 years; unlawful possession of firearm – 5 years and unlawful possession of ammunition – 2 years. The sentences of attempted murder, unlawful possession of firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition will run concurrently with the life sentence.
On 2 November 2014, Allies and his accomplice, Xandre Jansen (23) fatally shot Nathan Roderick Jacobs (25) at a house in Jameson Street, Gelvandale. Jacobs and another victim responded to a knock on the garage door. Once opened, the accused and Jansen starting shooting at them.
The accused was arrested on the same day. Xandre Jansen was shot and killed in May 2016. The investigating officer is commended for his sterling investigation. This is the second lengthy conviction attained by the same investigating officer within a space of three weeks.
The other conviction was secured on 10 August 2016 in the Port Elizabeth High Court. On 12 July 2013 two men were fatally shot in an open field in Bethelsdorp. Three accused alighted from a minibus and started shooting at the two deceased. Ivan MacDonald died on the scene while Randy Nel died a few days later in hospital.
A few minutes after the incident, two suspects were arrested by the police in another park in Bethelsdorp. When police chased after them, they fired at them. Accused Vuyani Kondile has since died while Preston Baadtjies (28 years) of the Dustlifes was convicted on 10 August 2016 and sentenced on the following charges 2 x murder charges – life imprisonment on each; attempted murder (shooting at police) – 12 years; unlawful possession of firearm – 5 years and unlawful possession of ammunition – 1 year. The sentence of unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition will run concurrent to the life sentences.
The sentences imposed upon criminals must be influenced by quality detective work and sound cooperation between investigators and prosecutors. The Operation Lockdown team is achieving the desired results through our successful convictions and the number of arrests made on a daily basis.
Acting Cluster Commander for the Mount Road Cluster, Brigadier Ernie Neveling, has commended the investigating officer and the prosecuting authority for a successful prosecution. He added that “the sentencing was as a result of excellent team work by the different units within the criminal justice system. We, the SAPS remain focussed on instilling peace and security to the people of the Northern areas and we will not be deterred in our quest to ensure that they are and feel safe”.
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