15 YEARS DIRECT IMPRISONMENT FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVES

15 YEARS DIRECT IMPRISONMENT FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVES

A 39-year-old man Ephraim Thabo Nthite, from Bylkop Mogwase, was convicted and sentenced by Thabazimbi Regional Court, to 15 years of direct imprisonment for unlawful possession of explosives. The accused pleaded guilty and stated that on 29 September 2022, in Northam, the police officers were patrolling when they spotted him holding a suspicious small cooler box, they proceeded to search and found him in possession of 16 explosives.

In aggravation of the sentence the state Adv. Norman Makhubele called an expert in the bomb and explosives unit, Captain Mangena Mahlane, who told the court that these explosives are the ones that are used by criminals to bomb cash-in-transit vehicles, ATMs, and safes in business places. He also mentioned that these explosives are used by illegal miners. The Prosecutor also addressed the court about the prevalence of these crimes in the country and the statistics of crimes that are committed through explosives. He further said that there are no substantial or compelling circumstances for the court to deviate from imposing the prescribed minimum sentence. The court agreed with the prosecution and sentenced the accused to 15 years imprisonment.

The NPA welcomes the sentence and applauds the good work done by Adv Makhubele and investigating officer Captain Matlou Ernest Mochetele, from the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (DPCI).

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