42-Years Imprisonment for Gruesome Robbery and Murder - Douglas
Media Statement from Northern Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication and Liaison
South African Police Service
Northern Cape: The police welcome the sentencing of a 42-year man of Douglas. On Monday, 25 March 2019 the Northen Cape High Court sentenced Tebogo Masire(23) to 15-years imprisonment for aggravated robbery, life sentence for murder and a further two years for assault with the intend to commit grievous bodily harm(GBH).
On 28 August 2018 at about 08:30, Helen Janse Van Vuuren(60) was inside
ABSA bank to deposit cash belonging to a local supermarket in Douglas, where she was employed . Tebogo Masire entered the bank and stabbed her twice with a knife, before fleeing the scene with the money. The victim died on the scene.
The accused also threatened and attempted to stab another male who tried to intervene. The police immediately activated a manhunt and arrested Masire hours later, at his house in Breipaal. The accused remained in custody up until his sentencing.
The Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Crime Detection in the Northern Cape, Maj Gen Koliswa Otola commended D/Capt James Oliphant for excellent detective work that resulted in this superb sentencing. “Criminals of such heinous crimes need to be removed from our communities to ensure that everyone is and feels safe” said Maj Gen Koliswa.
Brigadier M Ramatseba
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