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Battery thieves sentenced for theft of municipal property

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The Victoria West Regional Court sentenced two men to prison for stealing truck batteries from a municipal property.

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THE VICTORIA West Regional Court sentenced two men to prison for stealing truck batteries from a municipal property.

The court sentenced 31-year-old Phakamile de Bruin to 10 years in jail for theft, while his accomplice, 21-year-old Samkelo Mdini, was handed a 12-month direct imprisonment sentence.

The successful prosecution was led by Caswell Joseph, with Detective Sergeant Mojalefa Mokitimi heading the investigation.

The duo were charged following the unlawful removal of municipal property in Victoria West on February 18, 2024.

Investigations revealed that De Bruin and Mdini trespassed on municipal property where a refuse collection truck was parked. The pair disconnected two truck batteries, valued at approximately R4,000.

In addition to their sentences, both individuals were declared unfit to possess a firearm.

According to Northern Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Timothy Sam, the ruling underscores the commitment of the police to ensure that those who deprive citizens of services are brought to justice.

Sam added that the police have also issued a plea to communities to report such criminal activities.

Detective Sergeant Mojalefa Mokitimi and State prosecutor Caswell Joseph. Picture: SAPS
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