New Kids gang member jailed for nine years for illegal firearm and ammunition

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - NOVEMBER 11, 2016

The Port Elizabeth Regional Court on Friday, sentenced alleged New Kids gang member, Luciano Prins, aged 20 years old, to nine years behind bars  for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

It is alleged that in February this year, Prins was walking in Burt Street, in Bloemendal, Port Elizabeth, when he started to randomly shoot at people.

“He was arrested at a house in Bloemendal in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The case was investigated by the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

This is the third sentencing in two weeks of gang members committing crimes in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas.

On 2 November, Charlton Jackson, aged 27 years old, was sentenced to an effective 12 years imprisonment, while Fabian Bowers, aged 36, was sentenced to an effective 25 years imprisonment on charges of murder and aggravated robbery.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Major General Dawie Rabie commended the investigating officers D/Capt Chris Rowan, D/Sgt Conrad Goosen, D/W/O Gouws and the prosecuting authority for successful prosecutions today.

He added that, “The sentencing was as a result of an inter-grated approach by the different units within the criminal justice system. It is with pride that we see our members work extremely hard to remove criminals from our streets and to ensure safety of our citizens. The sentences imposed bring justice to the victims and their families.”