Convicted Underworld Hitman Sentenced to 34 Years Imprisonment

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On Tuesday, alleged underworld hitman, Marco Johannes, was sentenced to 34 years for murder and attempted murder in the Blue Downs Regional Court in the Western Cape.

Johannes was convicted for the murder of his accomplice Simon Yon, for the attempted murder of known underworld figure, Jerome ‘Donkie’ Booysen and the attempted murder of Fatima Van der Westhuizen. He was also charged for the illegal possession of ammunition and a firearm.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirmed the suspect has pleaded guilty on all charges against him.

Ntabazalila said, “The court had ordered all sentences to run concurrently and sentenced Johannes to 18 years in prison for the murder of Yon, three years for the attempted murder of Booysen, three years for the attempted murder of Van der Westhuizen, three years for illegal possession of a firearm, and seven years for illegal possession of ammunition,”

According to reports, Johannes confirmed in court how the events took place, on 1 August 2018. He and Yon were on their way to Soneike Mall, in Kuilsriver and was instructed to kill someone who was at a restaurant in the mall.

“Johannes says Yon gave him a loaded firearm. The two went inside the restaurant and sat a few tables from the ‘target’, Booysen, where they ordered soft drinks and shortly after finishing them, they stood up and fired their weapons at Booysen and a woman was next to him. Booysen returned fire,” Ntabazalila said.

Reports say Johannes confirmed that Yon, without prior warning, moved in front of him. He shot him in the back of his head, and he fell and ran out to his vehicle.

He further stated that the plea was “made freely and voluntarily, without being unduly influenced by anyone”.