Two alleged gang members sentenced to prison for criminal misconducts

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Two gang affiliates, identified as Marvin Thomas (32) and Shadwin Walton (34) received jail sentencing yesterday after appearing in the Port Elizabeth High and Regional Courts for their respective criminal activities.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu stated that Thomas was sentenced at the Port Elizabeth High Court on charges of several criminal misconducts which included murder, attempted murder on three occasions and illegal possession of a firearm.

“On Saturday, 11 January 2020 at about 15:45, Anti-Gang Unit members were patrolling in Gelvandale when they heard gunshots being fired close by. As they approached a four-way stop they spotted a male shooting down Reginald Rd. They got out and the suspect started firing at them. They returned fire injuring him in his groin. A firearm (partial serial number) was seized. While they were still busy at this scene, they were informed that a 50-year-old woman was fatally wounded in Reynecke Street. Sharon Dageford from Libra Street was struck in her cheek. It was later established that Thomas’s bullet struck Dageford who was walking in the street,” stated Naidu.

Thomas was to 25 years imprisonment for murder. The other sentences will run concurrent to the murder sentence.

Meanwhile Walton was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Walton was allegedly tied to a murder case which occurred in October 2016 in Bethelsdorp when the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation detectives recovered two firearms from his home which was connected to the murder.

Walton was arrested for the murder in 2016 but was already out on parole of eighteen years for rape and would have completed his sentencing in 2025.

“Walton will now serve his remaining  sentence for rape and his 8 years on the illegal possession of firearm and ammunition will not  run concurrently with serving sentence. He will serve his new sentence on completion of his sentence in 2025,” said Naidu.

Naidu further stated that another gang affiliate (28) will be receiving a sentencing today in the Port Elizabeth Regional Court on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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