25 year-old PE gangster sentenced to life imprisonment plus 17 years
The Port Elizabeth High Court on Thursday handed 25 year-old Dustlifes gang associate, Ludonian Allies, a lengthy sentence after convicting him on four charges including murder.
Allies was found guilty on the following charges - murder – life imprisonment; attempted murder: 10 years; unlawful possession of firearm – five years; and unlawful possession of ammunition – two years.
According to Port Elizabeth police, on 2 November 2014, Allies and his accomplice, Xandre Jansen (23) fatally shot Nathan Roderick Jacobs, aged 25 years old, at a house in Jameson Street, Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth.
“Jacobs and another victim responded to a knock on the garage door. Once opened, the accused and Jansen starting shooting at them,” described police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.
She added that the accused was arrested on the same day while Jansen was shot and killed in May 2016.
“The sentences of attempted murder, unlawful possession of firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition will run concurrently with the life sentence,” said Colonel Naidu.
The conviction of Allies is seen as a significant victory for the Port Elizabeth Gang Task team operating under the umbrella of Operation Lockdown, which was launched in PE's Northern Areas early this year.
The investigating officer has been commended for his sterling investigation as this is the second lengthy conviction he attained within a space of three weeks.
The other conviction was secured on the 10th of August, in the Port Elizabeth High Court when two men were fatally shot in an open field in Bethelsdorp on the 12th July 2013.
It is alleged that 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,” said Colonel Naidu.
The accused, Vuyani Kondile, died while Preston Baadtjies (28 years) of the Dustlifes gang, was convicted on the 10th of August 2016.
He was sentenced on the following charges: two murder charges – life imprisonment on each; attempted murder (shooting at police) – 12 years; unlawful possession of firearm – five years and unlawful possession of ammunition – two 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,” said Colonel Naidu.
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".
The sentences of attempted murder, unlawful possession of firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition will run concurrently with the life sentence.
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