A 27-year-old Port Elizabeth man has been convicted of murder, housebreaking, robbery with aggravating circumstances and assault and will spend the next 15 years behind bars for killing a local businessman in 2016.
Riyaad Salejie, of Malabar, was convicted for his role in the January 2016 murder of 37-year old Bhaven Moodley, a father of two, at his Malabar home.
Police said at the time that Moodley appeared to have been strangled to death after he was discovered on a bed at his Crammer Street home.
Moodley’s mother, a 66-year old woman, was found assaulted and confused at the time of the incident.
Moodley’s black AMG Mercedes Benz was also taken in the robbery.
According to evidence before court, Salejie had asked a constable at the scene to “give him a chance to tell the truth”.
“[Salejie] said to the constable that Joshua Chetty and himself [the accused] made a decision to rob a house in Crammer street in Malabar because they knew it had valuables such as money and gold. They both continued with the plan, the robbery became so violent and they struggled with the residents and managed to get away with the television and motor vehicle. They took the car and television and drove it to Chapman Hotel, where they waited for a buyer of the car,” the State had previously argued.
Salejie was arrested shortly after the incident and remained in custody for the duration of his trial.
Salejie had pleaded guilty to housebreaking and robbery, but denied any involvement in the death of Moodley.
Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said Salejie was sentenced last week Friday.
On a count of housebreaking with intent to commit robbery he received three years. For robbery with aggravating circumstances, he will serve seven years each on two counts. On the charge of murder Salejie was sentenced to 15 years behind bars and on a count of assault he received three years.
All the sentences will run concurrently with the murder sentence of which he will serve 15 years effectively.
– African News Agency (ANA)