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Two Port Elizabeth gangsters handed life sentences for murder

JULY 13, 2017
Two Port Elizabeth gangsters handed life sentences for murder

Excellent investigative and team work between the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit and the prosecuting authority on Wednesday resulted in life sentences for two accused gang members, Dewi Walton (27) and Trenton Ambraal (33), in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

"On 19 September 2016, at about 16:30, Rushay Cross (approx. 21 years old) and another 21-year-old person were shot at by the two accused," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"Cross was shot multiple times and succumbed to his injuries on the scene, while the 21-year-old person was shot in his leg."

She said that Cross and the surviving victim were walking in Highfield Road when they were shot at by Walton and Ambraal.

"Within two hours after the shooting, the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit arrested both accused at a drug post in Highfield Road Shauderville.

"They remained in custody until the finalisation of the case," said Colonel Naidu.

"Today, both accused were sentenced to life imprisonment for murder;  8 years for attempted murder, 15 years for possession of unlicensed firearm and 18 months for possession of ammunition. All other sentences will run concurrently with the life sentence."

This is the fourth conviction of gang affiliates secured by the Unit in three days.

On Monday, gang affiliate, Denzil Hall (25) was convicted for attempted murder (10 years), possession of firearm and possession of ammunition (5 years). Sentences to run concurrently. Effectively the accused will serve 10 years in prison. The incident took place in August 2016 in Glendenning Road in Shauderville.

On Tuesday, another gang member, Sherwyn Leander (25) was convicted for possession of firearm (7 Years) and possession of ammunition (2 years). The sentences to run concurrently. Effectively the accused will serve 7 years imprisonment. The incident took place in November 2016 when the accused was arrested in Anita Drive in Gelvandale.

"Also sentenced on Wednesday, Ricardo Patterson (37) was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, suspended for 5 years, for possession of firearm and ammunition," described Colonel Naidu.

"In April 2016, Patterson was arrested by police in Leith Street after they spotted him discarding a firearm into the yard." 

The sentences were welcomed by the Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Major General Funeka Siganga, who commended the investigating officers in all of these cases including the prosecuting authority.

“These sentences were 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 brings justice to the victims and their families,” added Major General Siganga.