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Journo robbers jailed for 15yrs

2010-06-12 19:04

Johannesburg - Three men have been sentenced for the armed robbery of three foreign journalists in Magaliesburg, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Saturday.

"Two of the accused were convicted of robbery with aggravating circumstances and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment each," said advocate Menzi Simelane, adding that a third was convicted of receiving stolen property and was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

Bright Madzudzu, a Zimbabwean national, Obunna Ndzubuisi a Nigerian national and George Magubane also from Zimbabwe, were convicted and sentenced in Protea Regional Court in Soweto on Friday night.

One Spanish and two Portuguese journalists - Antonio Simoes, Rui Gustavo and Miquel Cerano - were asleep in their room at the Nutbush Boma lodge in Magaliesburg on Wednesday morning when the robbers broke into the room.

Armed with a firearm and knife, the robbers stole items including cameras, laptops, clothes, a passport and cash in euros and US dollars.

The police have recovered some of the items.

The estimated value of the stolen property is R388 000.

Eight cases have now been heard in some of the 56 courts dedicated to deal with all criminal cases relating to the FIFA 2010 World Cup soccer tournament.

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