A full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has confirmed the life sentences imposed on four would-be robbers for the murder of a policeman, who was shot dead by a co-perpetrator who has since died.
Joseph Malapane, Christopher Matenchi, Andrew Matemane and Phitsego Maelepe appealed against their convictions and sentences of life and 20 years’ imprisonment on charges of murder, attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances and the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Sergeant Mandyme Micasio was shot dead while police were trying to stop a planned robbery at a Limpopo garage. The appeal judges ruled that all four had planned the robbery, were present either at the scene or in the immediate vicinity and had made common cause with the conduct of their cohort, who shot the policeman and clearly intended to kill him.
They knew firearms would be used and had foreseen the possibility of people being killed during the robbery, the judges found.