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Man gets 15 years for robbing Upington bank

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The Upington Magistrate’s Court sentenced Martin Johannes, 44, to 15 years’ imprisonment for armed robbery.

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THE UPINGTON Magistrate’s Court sentenced Martin Johannes, 44, to 15 years’ imprisonment for armed robbery.

Johannes was arrested in April 2007 by the Hawk’s Serious Organized Crime Investigation team.

He was part of a group that had robbed the First National Bank in Upington on March 30, 2007.

During the incident, a bomb was placed on a teller’s counter and the gang demanded money.

They left with an amount exceeding R1 million.

The case against the other suspects has since been withdrawn.

Johannes made a series of court appearances until he was sentenced on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

He was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment, of which three years were suspended for five years. He will serve 12 years’ direct imprisonment.

Johannes was further declared unfit to possess a firearm.

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