A feeble policeman who gunned down a man in the sanctity of his dwelling at some level of a lockdown enforcement operation has been chanced on guilty of abolish in the Gauteng High Court.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane, stated the feeble officer had shot and killed Sibusiso Amos with a shotgun in his dwelling at some level of laborious lockdown in March 2020. Three children who were additionally internal the dwelling at the time were injured at some level of the shooting.
“The family of Sibusiso Amos, who used to be fatally shot by a security officer in March 2020 at Vosloorus when Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officers were enforcing Stage 5 lockdown regulations, bought justice following the conviction of Siphiwe George Ndlovu,” Mjonondwane stated.
Ndlovu used to be chanced on guilty of the lockdown abolish, three counts of attempted abolish and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.
“Amos used to be shot internal the yard at his dwelling after an argument broke out between him and the EMPD officers that were chasing patrons from a internal sight tavern. Three children who were in the dwelling were additionally wounded at some level of the shooting.” Mjonondwane stated.
“Amos used to be shot at discontinuance vary by reside ammunition, whilst standing at the relief of a locked burglar gate. The bullet used to be fired from one of many EMPD officers’ shot gun,” he stated.
Ndlovu advised the court that he picked up the gun almost immediately after the officer fell down following an attack from members of the community at some level of the lockdown operation. He then noticed a scuffle internal the yard between Amos and EMPD officers. He approached and fired shots in the direction of Amos to alarm him off in state to quit the scuffle.
State advocate, Rolene Barnard, argued that Ndlovu used to be a feeble police officer, a certified about gun handling and precautionary measures to absorb discontinuance when the utilize of guns. She asked the court to absorb discontinuance into consideration the reality that Amos had been shot at the sanctity of his hang dwelling, that he used to be unarmed and had now not provoked the officers.
The court rejected Ndlovu’s proof as highly incredible and authorised the proof of state witnesses.
Raise Thifhelimbilu Mudau remarked that proof equipped by state witnesses used to be extra legitimate.
The lockdown abolish case used to be postponed to 29 June for arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentence.