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PROVINCIAL COMMISSIONER WELCOMES HEFTY SENTENCES METED OUT AGAINST CRIMINALS RESPONSIBLE FOR SPATE OF ROBBERIES ALONG THE N1 ROAD: POLOKWANE
2021/07/28      |  Written By:  Brigadier M Mojapelo   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE - The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe and her Police Management in the Province have greatly welcomed the hefty sentences that were handed down by the Mokopane Regional Court today, Tuesday 27 July 2021, against four criminals who were convicted for armed robberies and other crimes that were committed along the N1 road between Limpopo and Gauteng Provinces.

Three of the four criminals who were incarcerated today, John Fine aged 36, Clifford Mutonhori aged 34 and Figos Madisha aged 34, were rearrested on Saturday 24 July 2021 after they managed to escape from a Police motor vehicle along the R101 road south of Polokwane on Wednesday 21 July 2021. The fourth criminal, Benge Frans, was in custody. Dennis Hove, who escaped together with the other three prisoners, is still on the run. The four are still to face charges of escaping from lawful custody, robbery of a firearm, two counts of truck hijacking and attempted murder.

The sentences were handed down as follows:

* Benge Frans Baloyi aged 48, was sentenced to twenty years imprisonment for 04 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, 03 counts of possession of illegal firearm and ammunition.

* John Fine aged 36, was sentenced to twenty two years imprisonment for 04 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, 03 counts of possession of illegal firearm and ammunition and one count of contravening the Immigration Act.

* Clifford Mutonhori aged 34, was sentenced to twenty two years imprisonment for 04 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, 03 counts of possession of illegal firearm and ammunition and one count of contravening the Immigration Act.

* Figos Madisha aged 35, was sentenced to twenty two years imprisonment for 04 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, 03 counts of possession of illegal firearm and ammunition.

The four convicts were terrorizing motorists along the N1 road who either stoped on the roadside to relieve themselves, experienced breakdowns or got punctures along they way after driving over spikes placed them as a trap, robbing them at gun point. The crimes were committed since 2019 under the policing areas of Bela Bela, Modimolle and Mokopane. 

A dedicated team of investigators derived from the aforementioned police stations was assembled to, in a coordinated manner, investigate all the cases that were being committed along this road. Detective Captain Schutte from Bela Bela, Detective Captain Mogotlane from Mokopane and Detective Warrant  Officer Rossouw from Modimolle formed an integral part of of this team. Their teamwork paid off when they succeeded in cracking the cases. 

Lieutenant General Hadebe applauded the investigators for working tirelessly to ensure that these dangerous criminals were removed from our communities.

The hunt for Dennis Hove from Zimbabwe is still continuing.