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Two members of a notorious Cape Town gang, The Firm, have been found guilty and sentenced for the murder of a Law Enforcement officer in Valhalla Park.

The Western Cape High Court sentenced the two, Ashwin Willemse and Waylin Abdullah, on five charges including murder on Friday last week.

Last month, the pair were convicted on two counts of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, illegal possession of firearms and the illegal possession of ammunition.

The court summary of the case reveals how Law Enforcement officer Gregory Carelse – who had been a State witness for a drive-by shooting case which took place in Valhalla Park in 2017 – was shot dead while his son Dale Carelse watched.

According to court documents, on 18 October, 2018, Gregory Carelse left home to respond to a shooting in the community. Minutes later, his son heard more shots and ran out to see. He witnessed his father’s murder as Willemse and Abdullah shot him 16 times. The gunmen also ran off with Carelse’s firearm.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila, said Willemse was sentenced to a total of 50 years’ imprisonment: 22 years for murder, 12 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, 10 years for the illegal possession of a firearm and 6 years for the illegal possession of ammunition.

“I can confirm the sentencing of Ashwin Willemse. These sentences total 50 years imprisonment but the court orders for the sentences to run concurrently,” Ntabazalila said.

He added, “It (the court) sentenced Abdullah to 18 years imprisonment for the murder, 10 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, 8 years for illegal possession of a firearm and 4 years for illegal possession of ammunition. The sentences total 40 years imprisonment but the court again ordered that some of the sentences run concurrently. The court ordered the two unfit to possess firearms.”

Ntabazalila confirmed that the two convicts are members of The Firm gang.

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  1. When the courts order that the sentences run cncurrently, it paralyzes the entire sentence. 50 years is the combined sentence but the lengthiest sentence (22 years) will not be exceeded, in fact, if the perpetratorserved half to two-thirds of his/her sentence, he/she could be considered for parole. 50 years then become a mere 10 or so years. Very very discouraging for society. A victory short lived!

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