A individual employed as Ace Magashule’s bodyguard when he turned into premier of the Free Announce has been sentenced to 15 years in reformatory for stealing a Pierneef painting price R8m.
Ricardo Mettler, 43, turned into sentenced in the Bloemfontein high court on Wednesday.
He turned into chanced on guilty of theft, money laundering and fraud in December final year.
Mettler turned into also chanced on guilty of making a fallacious assertion to the police in which he talked about Magashule gave him the painting as a contemporary.
disappearance of the painting from the provincial authorities’s OR Tambo House in Bloemfontein. Mettler stole the painting in March 2018 whereas helping to definite Magashule’s place of job.
Announce prosecutor advocate Antoinette Ferreira talked about Mettler knew he turned into stealing a invaluable painting.
“The accused had a motive when he wanted to disguise the marking. He knew the painting turned into invaluable in March 2018 when he wanted to offer it [to a businessman] as a guarantee. He turned into twice requested to attain the painting however he refused. He turned into motivated by greed. He abused his feature of belief,” talked about Ferreira.
“There is a public outcry about officials who think they’re entitled to authorities sources,” she added.
Think Soma Naidoo sentenced Mettler to 15 years for theft. He turned into also sentenced to 15 years for money laundering for offering the painting to a Chinese businessman as a guarantee for loan of R2m to R3m, 15 years for fraud and 12 months for making a fallacious assertion to the police. The sentences will sprint on the same time as.
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