Killer hijackers get 18 years

2012-06-14 12:43

JOHANNESBURG - Two men who killed a man they had hijacked as well as a family of three, have been sentenced to 18 years in jail by the Potchefstroom Circuit Court, Beeld reported.

Simon Machave (21) and David (Lebesi 31) hijacked Batimedi Mothupi's Toyota Condor near Klerksdorp on January 23, 2010.

A car chase between police and the hijackers occured when the criminals drove into oncoming traffic, killing Johan and Talita Fourie and their three-month-old son, Tiaan.

Mothupi was flung out of the getaway car and also killed.

Machave, who was seriously injured in the crash, later escaped from hospital in a wheelchair. He was tracked down the following day, crawling 2km away from the hospital.

The two were sentenced by Judge John Horn who found Machave and Lebesi guilty of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and the illegal possession of a firearm.

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-06-15 11:25

    18 Years...WHAT? That is why there thugs still do crime, cause there is nothing to lose...bring back the death penalty!!!

      Jango - 2012-06-15 17:06

      Agree Fredster. This is pathetic! Should be hanged!

  • namhla.marwexu - 2012-06-15 21:09

    why bother sentence them if its not gonna be 4lyf, I mean they killed 3 innocent people. Our justice system is doomed period.

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