Honeydew thief sentenced by Krugersdorp Regional Court

More than a year of fighting for justice in an attempted murder and armed robbery case plagued by many difficulties along the way, has finally paid off for the victim.

In early April, the prosecutor and investigators involved in the case left Krugersdorp Regional Court beaming after a man who was arrested at Honeydew Police Precinct in 2020 for attempted murder and armed robbery has been convicted.

On September 30, 2020, Rodrigues Kamdemi Shifehle robbed a man near the Bromhof Spar in Bromhof and shot him with a handgun and fled on foot.

Shifehle was apprehended shortly after the attack thanks to the quick response of members of Honeydew Police, who on arrival at the scene chased the suspect across a nearby veldt and up a hill.

Honeydew Police Investigating Officer Constable Godfrey Mathevula took the helm of the investigation, administering the case, taking fingerprints and taking forensic and medical evidence.

Shifehle, 43, of Mozambican nationality, was convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

“I am satisfied with this result. Shifehle thought he could come to South Africa and get away with committing a violent crime, and instead he will now be in jail until he is 68,” said Detective Constable Mathevula, who was very relieved by the outcome as he had worked on the case for almost two years.

Elna M. Lemons