The Port Elizabeth Regional Court on Thursday sentenced a 28-year-old Gelvandale gang member, Marius Tarrental, to seven years behind bars for the attempted murder of a 19-year-old man in Helenvale, Port Elizabeth.
According to the police, on 27 June 2015, Tarrentaal approached and opened fire on the teenager in Fitchard Street in Helenvale.
“The victim saw the accused approaching him and he started running, one bullet hit the teenager in his back,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.
She added that in December 2015, Tarrentaal was arrested in Fitchard Street by members of the Eastern Cape Provincial Gang Investigation Unit.
He remained in custody until the finalisation of the case.
“He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment of which three years were suspended for four years, therefore he will effectively serve seven years in prison for attempted murder,” said Colonel Naidu.
Tarrentaalis is believed to be a member of the Dondollos gang, which is an affiliate to the Upstand Dogs.
This is now the fifth case in this month where gang members from the Northern Areas have been sent to prison for gang-related crimes.