Suspected Upstand Dogs gang member slapped with 14 years imprisonment

JULY 27, 2016

The SAPS-driven Operation Lockdown in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas continues to achieve positive results in rooting out gangsterism and criminality, particularly in Gelvandale and Bethelsdorp, with another alleged gangster receiving a lengthy jail sentence on Monday.

Kieran Ivano Louis, alias Papers, an alleged gang affiliate of the Upstand Dogs, was sentenced in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court to 14 years after he was found guilty of two charges of attempted murder  – sentenced to 8 years; unlawful possession of a firearm – 5 years imprisonment and unlawful possession of ammunition – 1 year imprisonment.

According to the police, on 12 September 2015, at about 10:45, two complainants, aged 16 and 28 years old, were standing in front of a house in Burness Street, Malabar Ext 6, when three known men approached them.

"The accused then pulled out a .38 revolver and started shooting at the complainants.

"No injuries were sustained and the suspects ran away," police said.

"On 23 October, at about 20:00, members of the Visible Gang Intervention Team were patrolling Virgo Street in Gelvandale when they stopped and searched a group of men.

"Louis was arrested and detained on two counts of attempted murder."

He remained in police custody until the finalisation of the case.

The Acting Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Brigadier Ernie Neveling, has commended the investigating officer and the prosecuting authority for a successful prosecution. He added that "credit deservedly belongs to the partnership fostered between the police and the judiciary as hard work and attention to detail played a crucial role in securing such a sentence".

 Lieutenant General Gary Kruser, Deputy National Commissier, Management Interventions, added his voice to expressing appreciation to the team. 

"Over this past week, we have notched up a number of arrests in connection with serious offences, including murder and attempted murder.  Nothing will deter us from making PE's Northern areas safer and free from gang-related crime".