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Dunoon Father Pleads Guilty to Sergeant's Murder During GR Spices Robbery; Sentenced to 25 Years

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

A Dunoon resident, Luyanda Fuzile, implicated in the fatal robbery at GR Spices in the Killarney factory zone, Table View, last year, has been handed a 25-year prison sentence after confessing his part in the crime. The incident resulted in the tragic death of Sergeant Nameto Molemo and the attempted murder of his colleague, Malibongwe Mnani.

On the eventful day of November 26, 2021, Fuzile, alongside three other accomplices, arrived at GR Spices under the guise of searching for employment. After their request was declined, they brandished 9mm firearms and held two staff members hostage, according to Fuzile's account to the court.

As per News24, Fuzile revealed that the gang had planned the robbery since October 2021, staging a final premeditated meet-up a day prior to the crime. The culprits forcefully extracted the safe's password from a terrified employee before using two workers as human shields while they fled, colliding with arriving law enforcement officers.

Upon their surrounded status, the criminals turned their guns on the police and security personnel, tragically causing the Seychelles of Molemo by a headshot and Mnani by a shot in the leg. Molemo was immediately rushed to the Milnerton Mediclinic but failed to pull through.

Despite admitting his participation, Fuzile denied being the murderer, stating he was aware of the potential for violence in their scheme but did not expect the fatal outcome. Presently a father of three and married, Fuzile, a resident of Dunoon with plastering qualifications and up to grade 9 education, was jobless during the robbery.

The judgment passed by Warrant Officer Zinzi Hani entails a 25-year concurrent sentence on charges of robbery, murder, kidnapping, attempted murder, and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. Meanwhile, the remaining three suspects are scheduled for trial on October 20, 2023.

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