Scottburgh Court Round Up

THEFT & ROBBERY:

Convicted thieves Donovan and Samantha Pillay pleaded guilty to stealing goods from Woolworths in the Scottburgh Mall and were sentenced to 6 years and 12 months respectively. Pillay is alleged to have a criminal record spanning some 14 years and 30 separate charges, while his accomplice has 3 previous convictions against her name.

• Another pair of shoplifters had their case remanded to September 6. While the male is currently out on bail, his female accomplice has been in custody pending sentencing on a charge of dealing in 149 straws of heroin.

• Serial thief Beauty Shozi pleaded guilty to her seventh charge for theft, this one arising from an incident at Checkers Scottburgh where Ms Shozi and an unnamed accomplice stole the purse of a 64 year old woman and proceeded to withdraw R2 039 from the woman’s account. The prosecution contended that this was a premeditated crime aimed specifically at a person who would not be able to defend herself, and that Ms Shozi deserved to serve a prison sentence since none of her previous convictions appeared to have had any effect on her conscience. In mitigation of sentence, Ms Shozi’s defence attorney stated that her first conviction had been at the age of 16 when she was young and immature and that most of her other convictions were more than 10 years old and should not be held against her. He stated that Ms Shozi was self-employed, running a private transport service for the benefit of school children and other citizens, and was the sole breadwinner in a family which included 6 minor children. During her present incarceration, those school children who had been dependent on her transport service had not been able to get to school. Should she be sentenced to prison, she feared that her family would starve and would be preyed upon by rapists and other criminals who would know that she was not there to protect the family. Furthermore, the bank would repossess her vehicle if she could not maintain the monthly payments and she would have no means of revitalising her business after her release. The case was remanded to September 12 for the pre-sentencing report. • Two males facing multiple charges relating to the theft of goods to the value of nearly two million rand, including a Mercedes Benz, will have to wait until October 3 to hear whether their case will be heard in the Scottburgh Regional Court or whether it will be heard in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. The men are also facing charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and extortion.

• A young housebreaker from Umkomaas, who has been unable to find anyone who is prepared to offer him accommodation should he be released on bail, was returned to custody until his next court appearance on September 11. He was heard to utter some vile expletives as he was taken down to the cells.

  1. • A 24 year old unemployed mother of one, pleaded guilty to stealing goods from Pep Stores in Scottburgh. In mitigation of sentence her attorney said that she suffered from epilepsy and depression. She was fined R1 500 or 6 months in prison, of which R1 000 or 4 months in prison was suspended for 3 years.

DRUNK DRIVING:

Two males appearing on separate charges of drunk driving were both released on bail and had their cases remanded to October 27, pending the results of their blood tests.

OFFENCES AGAINST THE PERSON:

Another two males, both facing separate charges of assault, had their cases remanded to September 12 and September 18 respectively. Coincidentally, both pleaded not guilty and had initially indicated that they would conduct their own defence, but then changed their minds and requested Legal Aid attorneys.

OTHER OFFENCES:

• An elderly couple, charged with possession of an illegal firearm, had the charge against them withdrawn at the request of their attorney. The attorney had requested the withdrawal on the grounds that the firearm was licensed to another member of the family and that this person had left his gun safe, containing the firearm, in the care of his relatives. The firearm, which had been sent for a ballistics test to see if it had been used in the commission of a crime, had apparently not been returned to its owner after testing, nor had any ballistics report been presented in court.

• A young mother of two will stand trial on October 4 for causing malicious damage to property.

  AUTHOR
MSCRS Reporter

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