Mozambican national gets 15 years for possession of hijacked vehicle

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The car was linked to a hijacking incident from 2017 during a stop and search.

A 34-year-old Mozambican national was sentenced to 15 years direct imprisonment by the Johannesburg Magistrate Court after he was found guilty for possession of a hijacked motor vehicle, said police in a statement on Monday.

The accused, Augusto Cossa, was sentenced February 8. It is alleged that two males hijacked a 37-year-old man driving a black Toyota Yaris at Rosettenville in May 2017.

Police spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele said: “[The] victim was on his way from Hillbrow to drop off his friend at Rosettenville when they were confronted by two males. One of them pointed them with a firearm and instructed them to come out of the vehicle. [The] driver was assaulted with a butt of a firearm and they were also robbed of their cellphones and cash.”

The accused was apprehended at Welkom in Free State Province on June 2, 2017. Police were doing a stop and search when they compared the vehicle. The results showed it was hijacked and the accused was apprehended, according to Captain Mbele.

– African News Agency

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