24 June 2008

Watch out we are rarin' to go - Wednesday ABC

I probably look like the Cheshire Cat at the moment.

Anyone who has read some of my earlier posts on crime will know that I have a very jaundiced view of the ability of our law enforcement and justice systems. This has not been without justification - just click on the link to "crime" on the side bar if you want to read more about our experiences.

Today is closure time on the foiled burglary attempt and a stabbing that happened in October 2006. ... v.......
Nice to know that this fellow will be languishing in the St Albans Prison for the next few years.


We read in today's paper that the thief that Suzi-k and I were instrumental in apprehending has finally been convicted:

Repeat offender guilty
A REPEAT offender was found guilty in
the Port Elizabeth magistrate‘s court yesterday on four counts, including
stabbing a couple with a screwdriver.
Ayanda Sheshega, 24, of Victoria Road,
Central, was found guilty of stabbing the husband and wife in a foiled
house-breaking at their Central home in 2006 and other offences. He was
sentenced to three years‘ imprisonment for housebreaking, 18 months for stabbing
the couple and an additional three years for theft. – Gareth Wilson (The Herald, 24 June 2008)
I am delighted with the outcome - the system can work. We have had to endure the trauma after the event; battle to get the police to take statements; spend time at court; listen to his lies and now finally after 20 months we have a conviction. All it requires is for the "victims" to stand up and be counted.

Footnote:
A few nights ago the motor to the gate into our complex was broken and the gate would not close. This of course is an open invitation to opportunistic thieves, especailly in the early hours of the morning. At 3 am Suzi-k woke me to say that she was sure she had heard noises at the garages. So up we leapt - obviously recovered from the previous trauma - and armed with Harry, pepper spray and handcuffs - we went off to investigate. We were so disappointed that there was no one there. The moral of the story - we are not intimidated by criminals and are raring to catch the next one.

For more Wednesday ABC's go to Mrs Nesbitts Place

21 comments:

reader Wil said...

Hi Max this is quite frightening. Here in the Netherlands it's getting worse. When I came to live here in this little place here in the south of Holland, I left the back door open, when I had a cuppa at my neighbour's, so that my children could walk in and out. That was 36 years ago. Now I lock my door when I have something to do in the topfloor ( of my three storeyd house). I have a burglar alarm.

Texas Travelers said...

Great end to the story.


Our "W's" are big today.
Come visit,
Troy and Martha

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david mcmahon said...

Great to know the legal system is working.

esnorway said...

great choice for w theme

ellen b said...

I'd be honored to have you as a neighbor keeping my neighborhood safer! Watch out indeed!

Anna said...

Hi Max-e, good to be back again, and thanks for the recent visit, and your nice wishes, it is all appreciated. Hope you are doing well. BTW I would be scared to live in neighbourhood like that where crime is so common. I live in the small town, but not that far from Toronto area, and over past few years gun crimes has really increased. The incidences are terrible, because the innocent usually that are in the wrong place and wronge time either get hurt or killed. Thanks for great post again. Anna :)

Lynette said...

Congrats on the conviction and congrats on the ABC Wednesday post!

Gary said...

Ditto the above - at least some justice has been meted out to a wanton waster.

Great post.

Gary
Bodge's Bulletin

photowannabe said...

So glad to hear that the system finally worked. Thanks for sharing the entire story.

RuneE said...

I think I'll stay where I am - even though it is a bit colder...

Maria said...

Hallo!
I just came across your blog and read about your heart attack and the by-pass operation and how you live a healthy life now.
I am very impressed - you described everything so vividly!
I wish you all the best for the future!
And I will take my plans for a healthier life more seriously, after having read your post. I quit smoking cigarettes 5 weeks ago and I began to use my exercise bike more regularly.
I am 51 years old and I have - so far - no detectable diseases as a consequence of smoking, but I was simply afraid of what would come in the future.
Best regards from Vienna,
Maria

Andrea said...

Thanks for your hard work. Interesting "W" post.

Andrea

Denise said...

Justice will be done, but 3 years doesn't sound enough!

Daryl said...

Wonderful work getting those Wrongdoers wrangled!

:-Daryl

Old Wom Tigley said...

Well done both of you...

nonizamboni said...

All's well that ends well...Bravo!

Kelly said...

Congratulations on this outcome to your ordeal. I am glad you persisted in pursuing your case.

Tash said...

Always terrifying to have your home & person violated by crime. Glad you are strong & prepared.

Cheesy said...

I am glad you and the Mrs are safe and I pray for it in the future but!!~~

3 years for the robbery and only 18 months for the violence?? Something is VERY wrong with that picture....