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Man jailed for Port Elizabeth Debonairs and Steers robbery

Apr 26, 2019
Man jailed for Port Elizabeth Debonairs and Steers robbery

Two suspects were arrested after police car chase and shootout after Debonairs and Steers robbery

Port Elizabeth - A 32-year-old convicted armed robber will spend the next 12 years behind bars after he was sentenced in the Port Elizabeth Regional Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

"On 24 November 2017, at about 21:30, the Debonairs and Steers fast food outlet in Cape Road was robbed by three men -  two armed with firearms," said police spokesperon, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"Cash, cellphones and a customer’s wallet was taken. The suspects escaped in a VW Polo."

Immediately after the robbery, the description of the getaway vehicle was circulated on all police channels.

"Members of the Tactical Response Team subsequently spotted the vehicle in Mission Road in Kuyga," she added.

"A chase ensued and the suspects fired at police, who retaliated by firing back. The VW Polo crashed and two suspects managed to run away while two were arrested.

"The stolen money, cellphones, wallet and two 9mm pistols were recovered. The serial numbers of the firearms were filed off."

Col Naidu said that it also emerged that the VW Polo belonged to one of the suspect’s uncle.

One suspect acquitted of charges relating to Debonairs and Steers robbery

"Phumlani Jokozela (32) from Kwazakele and Xolisa Mzongwana (35) from Kwadwesi remained in custody until the finalisation of the case," she added.

"On Wednesday, Jokozela was sentenced to 12 years each for two cases of Business Robbery and armed robbery. The sentences will run concurrently.

"Effectively, he will serve 12 years in prison."

Mzongwana was acquitted on all charges.

Mount Road Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, congratulated the investigating officer, D/Sgt Peter Classen of the Mount Road Detective Trio Task Team for ensuring that these suspects remained behind bars until their case was finalised.

"A successful prosecution requires thorough investigation by our detectives in order to ensure that criminals are apprehended and harsh sentences are handed down on them by the courts," added Maj Gen Patekile.

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