Fabian Cupido, also known as the Cape Flats Assassin, was recently sentenced to 40 years in prison after he was found guilty for the murder of underworld boss, Brian Wainstein “Steroid King”.
Wainstein, who had made it to the Interpol’s most wanted list numerous times, after he allegedly smuggled steroids worth R76 million into South Africa, was murdered in August 2017.
Wainstein was murdered at his Constantia home in full view of his girlfriend and child. Shortly after the murder, the Hawks had arrested both his brothers, Matthew Broderick Breet and Sheldon Jaret Breet who were his bodyguards including Cheslyn Adams and later Cupido.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Eric Ntabazalila, in his plea agreement with the State, Cupido had confessed that the day before the murder, he and Adams had attended a meeting at Goodhope Tyres in Mitchell’s Plain.
“The gathering, attended by members of the 27s gang, planned the murder of the deceased at his Constantia home,” says Ntabazalila.
“During the meeting, it was decided that Adams would pull the trigger while Cupido would be the getaway driver. On the evening of the murder, the accused met with Matthew Breet to swap out vehicles, Matthew Breet gave Cupido and Adams a detailed layout of the deceased’s home and how to access it. Cupido and Adams carried out the murder and went home afterwards and were paid R35 000 for the role in the murder”.
Adams and Matthew Breet were sentenced to 25 years and 20 years imprisonment respectively for their role in the murder.
It is believed that Cupido was the same person who attempted to kill alleged Sexy Boys gang boss, Jerome “Donkie” Booysen with an injection filled with snake venom at a Bellville hospital.