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gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the convicted killers of Malmesbury train driver Piet Botha received the maximum possible sentences for crimes committed by minors, during sentencing in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.  

The two were previously found guilty of murdering Botha at the Netreg station in broad daylight in July 2016.  Jatheme Hamid and Dorian Diedericks, both minors at the time, shot and killed Botha on the platform, before robbing him of his cellphone and bag.  Video footage showed a helpless and defenceless Botha fall to the ground following an initial scuffle near his driver's door on the platform.  The two, now 18 and 19, received 20 years for murder, 12 years for robbery, eight years for possession of an illegal firearm, three years for gang-related charges and two years for possession of illegal ammunition.  Three of the counts will run concurrently, resulting in an effective 25 years in prison.  A third man, 39-year-old Cedric Andrews, was found guilty of possessing an illegal firearm and ammunition, and was sentenced to an effective eight years in prison.  The judge said the court had to send a strong message to both the public, who demanded justice, and other "like-minded individuals" considering similar gang-related crimes.

Read this report by Paul Herman in full at News24

Read too, Where does one go from here, slain train driver's wife laments after killers get 25 years, at News24


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