Bethelsdorp men get hefty sentences for killing and robbing ADT security guard

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - NOVEMBER 3, 2016

The two Bethelsdorp men found guilty in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Monday on charges of murder and aggravated robbery were sentenced on Wednesday afternoon in the same court.

According to the police, Charlton Jackson, aged 27 years old, was sentenced to an effective 12 years imprisonment, while Fabian Bowers, aged 36, was sentenced to 25 years behind bars.

It is alleged that, on the 3rd of April 2015 at about 01:10, Adams attended to an alarm at a house in Booysens Park Drive in Bethelsdorp, and the two accused approached Adams from behind while he was seated in the vehicle.

“He was fatally shot twice in his neck and the motive for the attack was to rob Adams of his firearm however the accused could not find his firearm and stole his magazine with 15 rounds.

She added that, the firearm was found by police between the plate and vest of his bullet proof vest. Two cell phones, a small electronic device and a black bag belong to Adams was taken. 

“Successful tracing of the cell phones by the investigating officer, Detective Elton Uithaler, led police to a friend of both accused,” said Colonel Naidu.

Both Jackson and Bowers were arrested on the 22nd of April 2015 at their respective houses in Vastrap in Booysens Park. They remained in custody until the finalisation of the case.

Police also retrieved the camera footage, which proved vital in the investigation. The camera was attached in the vehicle and most of the crime was captured.

However, the accused were also identified by tattoos that were seen on the footage.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Dawie Rabie commended the investigating officer, D/Cst Uithaler of Provincial Gang Investigation Unit on securing such a conviction especially that this was his first High Court case.

“This sentence augurs well for the SAPS because, through dedication, thorough investigations and professional prosecutions, the judicial system is working. Such a sentence also sends out a strong message to the criminals that it is only a matter of time before the long arm of the law get them,” said Maj Gen Rabie.