Toy gun robber gets five years

Scene of the crime in January this year: Phumlani Khumalo (19) with his toy gun after he was subjected to a citizen's arrest - PHOTO: Orrin Singh

PHUMLANI Khumalo (19) was on Tuesday sentenced to five years imprisonment after he was found guilty on two counts of robbery.

On New Year’s Eve last year Khumalo robbed Huletts Convenient Store in Empangeni after holding up the shop teller with a toy gun and making off with R1 500 in cash.

He robbed the Convenient Store again in January this year, making off with the till, but the shop teller recognised him and alerted bystanders after he fled the scene.

Investigating Officer Sergeant Sibusiso Ngwenya takes a call while holding the dockets of the convicted Phumlani Khumalo – PHOTO: Orrin Singh

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A few community members caught Khumalo and he was subject to a citizen’s arrest.

SAPS shortly arrived on scene and took him into custody.

Khumalo appeared in the Empangeni Regional court last week in front of investigating officer, Sergeant Sibusiso Ngwenya and Prosecutor M Jacobs.

A social worker assigned to the case gave recommendations to Magistrate N Siphunzi with regard to leniency of sentence.

Magistrate Siphunzi sentenced him to five years imprisonment and declared him unfit to possess a firearm.

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