Mthatha High Court shooting: Woman sentenced to five years

AUGUST 15, 2015

A 24-year-old woman will be spending the next five years behind bars after the Mthatha High Court convicted her of aiding an unsuccessful escape attempt by two notorious prisoners in Mthatha last year.

Aviwe Bila was arrested at her home in Godini Village in Ngqeleni in September, following a fatal shootout between Department of Correctional Services officers and the two criminals.
 
She is believed to have planted a firearm in a dustbin inside the Mthatha High Court, so that the two prisoners could access it while being led to court to stand trial.
 
NPA regional spokesperson Luxolo Tyali welcomed the sentence.
 
"We had a very strong case. The investigation that was done here was outstanding and we had all the evidence that we needed. However, we have a job as a prosecution to dispense justice and we believe that this sentence was in the interest of justice because we took into consideration mitigating factors around this case," Tyali told the SABC.
 
"That is why we even changed from the murder charges to culpable homicide charges because we looked at all the factors and all the merits around this case. But we need to stress that she has to learn from her mistakes and take this sentence as a lesson."