On Thursday, three men were found guilty of Strandfontein father Grant Fredericks’ murder. He was shot in the back on September 20, 2016, as the robbers were impatient to get his car keys. His last words were “Take it. Take it!”
The trio was arrested the next day when they used the stolen auto in an attempted robbery at Trigg Jewellers in Cavendish Square. The firearm used to kill Fredericks was found in the boot.
Five suspects were linked to the crime and arrested. They faced 12 charges, including murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, malicious damage to property as well as attempted robbery.
Judge Bruce Langa delivered his judgment against Zingisile Kleinhans, Siphokule Bulana, Xola Nakumba, Themba Jilaji and Mongameli Dyani in the Western Cape High Court.
Kleinhans, Jilaji and Dyani were found guilty of murder and robbery, while Bulana and Nakumba were notfound guilty. Kleinhans and Dyani were also convicted of attempted robbery, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, charges related to the Prevention of Organised Crimes Act and malicious damage to property.