Officer tells court how he shot angry, cheated-on, jilted ex -News24

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Looking down the barrel of a chrome hand gun, 357 magnum revolver.

Looking down the barrel of a chrome hand gun, 357 magnum revolver.

A policeman who killed his ex-girlfriend when she yelled at him for cheating and making “the other woman” pregnant, will be sentenced next week.

State advocate Gugu Shange on Thursday argued in the Pietermaritzburg high court that Constable Vuyani Brian Welcome should be given a higher sentence than the prescribed minimum of 15 years, which is applicable in the matter as the murder was not planned or premeditated. She said that as a policeman, his job was to protect, not kill.

Welcome has explained in a guilty plea how he killed Zanele Sibiya, who was also a police officer, on August 19 last year in Estcourt.

He said he was involved with two women, neither of whom knew he was cheating on them. In February 2017, Sibiya fell pregnant, but later had a miscarriage.

The next month, his other girlfriend fell pregnant. In August Sibiya found out about the other woman. She was furious, so he dumped her.

The fatal confrontation happened when she came to meet him at a bar. He got into her car.

“The conversation between us started off politely but soon became very uncomfortable. She brought up the fact that she had lost our baby and now another woman was pregnant with my child. She was very angry and began screaming at me, indicating that I am a terrible person who used her. I tried defending my actions but she was not prepared to listen. She continued shouting until I reached a point when I could no longer take it.”

Welcome drew his firearm and shot Sibiya once in the head. He said when he realised she was dead, he began to panic. He drove the vehicle to a nearby embankment where he abandoned it. He then got a lift to the bar and picked up his car. He was arrested later that day.

His attorney, Lauren Marais, said his sentence should be less than 15 years because he had a clean record, admitted guilt and the murder happened on the spur of the moment.


Cape Town men ‘steal’ car and drive straight to Pollsmoor Prison -Iavan Pijoos

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ct.jpgFour robbers, who stole a car in Cape Town on Sunday morning, drove straight to Pollsmoor Prison in an attempt to flee from police.

Cape Town law enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason said the four men allegedly stole the car in the Hout Bay area.

“They were then chased by police and drove straight to the West Lake entrance of the prison, which is used for visitors and the prison wardens who live on the property. They got out and ran into the grounds of the prison where they were arrested,” Dyason said.

He said when they were searched at the police station, it was found that they roughly had 35 cases of murder, attempted murder, theft and possession of illegal firearms pending against them.

In a separate incident, five suspects were arrested in Muizenberg and Steenberg on Saturday for possession of mandrax. Dyason said the suspects allegedly tried to bribe officers in a bid to avoid prosecution.

Two other suspects were arrested after the car they were travelling in was pulled over by police and were found in possession of a replica firearm, a crowbar, knives and the City of Cape Town marked overalls.

“These are the hallmark tools of the notorious crowbar gangs.”

They were charged with possession of a replica firearm, possession of house breaking implements and possession of presumed stolen property.

One suspect was also wanted on a 2014 Khayelitsha case for arms and ammunition.

Indian police started the investigation into Wowcoin fraud


Indian police are investigating a potential major cryptocurrency fraud that includes criminals duping a Chennai woman out of nearly $26 000 by convincing her to invest in abandoned cryptocurrency Wowcoin. The victim is identified as pharmacist Indrani Maruthamuthu from West Mambalam. She met the suspects through Facebook and identified them as Padmaj Bommi Shetty Srinivasalu, […]

South Carolina Volunteer Officer Shoots Motorist

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A South Carolina volunteer officer has raised concerns about his duty after shooting at a Black motorist during a traffic stop.

According to Post And Courier, an unnamed volunteer police officer fired his gun on Saturday night March 24, during a ride along with an officer of the Florence police department.

In firing his gun he injured the motorist for which investigators have no explanation why.

However, volunteer officers have raised a question of concern in the community.

Volunteer officers or constables do not receive the same law enforcement training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Even so, some of them are allowed to carry guns and make arrests. Even though the state certifies them, the courses they take are offered by technical colleges.

Learning about the incident in his district, caused state representative Terry Alexander to question the role of constables.

“I’m still trying to get an understanding of their authority, their training…and who has oversight over what they’re doing,” explained Alexander. “The city officer wasn’t in harm’s way, so why did the constable shoot?”

That’s the answer that everyone wants to know now. It’s the answer that the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating as well as the Florence Police Department.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where his condition is unknown. Although Thom Berry, a spokesperson from the State Law Enforcement Division, has said the man is expected to live.

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‘Cocaine cowboy’ gets 11 years in prison after 26 years as fugitive

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Gustavo Falcon is seen in an undated photo. A quarter-century after he vanished, the man dubbed the last of Miami's "cocaine cowboys" has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for a drug trafficking conviction.

A fugitive dubbed the last of Miami’s “cocaine cowboys” was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison after being a fugitive for 26 years.

Gustavo Falcon, 56, aka “Taby,” played a key role in one of the biggest drug trafficking operations of the violent 1980s smuggling era, authorities said.

He was part of a gang that smuggled 75 tons of cocaine into the U.S. and made an estimated $2 billion during a time popularized by the “Miami Vice” TV show.

“That’s a lot of cocaine,” U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno said at Falcon’s sentencing hearing. “It’s so serious. He himself knows how serious it is.”

Falcon pleaded guilty in February to a single cocaine distribution conspiracy charge.

He was captured last April, living under the alias “Luis Andre Rice,” in Kissimmee, Fla., with his wife, Amelia, aka “Maria Ava Rice,” the Miami New Times reported.

U.S. Marshals arrested Falcon while he was on a bike ride with Amelia in the quiet town about 13 miles southeast of Disney World.

In an apologetic letter to the judge, Falcon said he fled because he didn’t want to lose contact with his wife and two children, who are now grown.

“I convinced myself that it was better to leave with my wife and children,” he wrote. “I was afraid that if I went to prison for a long time, my wife would move on, and my children would grow up without a father.”

Falcon’s attorney, Howard Srebnick, said that Falcon’s time as a fugitive forced him to live in seclusion, home-school his children and live a “very mundane, modest lifestyle.”

“He lived as a hunted man for 27 years [sic],” said Srebnick, who sought a nine-year sentence for Falcon, the New Times reported.


“I’m not proud of being on the run for 26 years,” Falcon told the federal judge in Miami, the newspaper reported. “That’s no way to live. I paid for it every day for 26 years.”

The judge said Falcon did not deserve any benefit for the restrictions he faced while hiding from the law.

“It’s very hard for me to consider a downward sentence for someone who enjoyed a quarter-century free with his family,” Moreno said, sentencing Falcon to 11 years, which is still less than what prosecutors had reportedly asked for.

“You still have to pay for it,” the judge said.

Falcon disappeared in 1991, when he was indicted along with his older brother Augusto “Willie” Falcon, Salvatore “Sal” Magluta and many others.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Clark said Falcon was the “right-hand man” to his older brother. His jobs included keeping transaction ledgers, collecting millions of dollars in cocaine profits, finding stash houses for drugs and organizing tractor-trailer loads of drugs to be shipped from Southern California to Florida.

“It was probably the most prolific smuggling operation we have found here in South Florida,” Clark said.

Falcon, who was born in Cuba, is the 10th and final defendant to face justice in the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

British Woman kept for Two Weeks as Sex Slave in Italy

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Mamadou Jallow has been arrested along with two other men (Picture: Polazio Di Stato)

A British woman was kept as a sex slave in Italy for two weeks before managing to escape.

The woman’s ordeal finally ended when she called her family from a mobile phone, which allowed police to track its location.

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Man gets 16 years’ jail and 15 strokes for sex offences against 10 young girls — Kopitiam Bot

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(Source: A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 16 years’ jail and given 15 strokes of the cane at the High Court on Monday (23 April) for committing sexual offences against 10 underaged girls. Goh Kar Aip had pleaded guilty on 19 February to four charges – three counts of sexual penetration of a minor […]


A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 16 years’ jail and given 15 strokes of the cane at the High Court on Monday (23 April) for committing sexual offences against 10 underaged girls.

Goh Kar Aip had pleaded guilty on 19 February to four charges – three counts of sexual penetration of a minor and one count of sexual assault by penetration – in relation to two of the victims.

An additional 34 charges were stood down for his sentencing.

From September 2014, Goh began chatting up girls from single-sex schools aged between 12 and 13 through apps such as Facebook and Instagram.

Once the girls were comfortable chatting with him, he would then centre their conversations on sex-related topics before moving on to exchanging nude photos with them.

Goh arranged to meet one such 12-year-old girl on 19 December 2015. During the meeting, Goh kissed and groped her, then brought her up to the bedroom of his flat where he continued to molest her.

After the encounter, the girl asked to break up with Goh as she did not feel comfortable seeing someone who was much older than her. Goh then threatened to circulate screenshots of their sex-related WhatsApp conversations to her school unless she did everything he asked her to do.

Terrified, she agreed. The two met again on 29 December, where Goh molested her and once again threatened to circulate their WhatsApp conversation. At the staircase landing of his block, he then performed a sex act on her twice and took photos of himself touching the girl.

Goh committed a similar offence on another girl on three occasions between 11 January and 24 January 2016. On the fourth occasion, in March that year, he brought the girl back to his flat and performed sex acts on her.

The offences came to light when a teacher heard that a young man had been harassing her students. She then discovered that four students had met Goh and that one of them was in a relationship with him. The girls’ parents were informed and a police report was lodged against him.

In March this year, parents of a 13-year-old girl made a police report after reading media reports about Goh.

The prosecution sought at least 15 years’ jail and 15 strokes of the cane for Goh, saying that he had “demonstrated a perverse desire to sexually violate pubescent young girls”.

Justice Kannan Ramesh handed down a jail term of 16 years and 15 strokes of the cane.

Goh sought a two-week deferment on his jail term, saying that his mother was in ill health and that he needed to help run her hawker stall.

Addressing the court, Goh said that the jail term “is going to be a very long time”.  “I beg Your Honour to give me this time to make sure she’ll (Goh’s mother) be okay,” he said.

The prosecution objected to the deferment, saying that Goh knew he would be sentenced today and should have made preparations for his mother to be taken care of beforehand.

Denying Goh’s request, Justice Kannan pointed out that given the length of time between the date that Goh pleaded guilty and his sentencing, he should have already made plans for his mother’s situation.

via Man gets 16 years’ jail and 15 strokes for sex offences against 10 young girls — Kopitiam Bot

Nigerian national burnt to death in Rustenburg: report

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File: Police said two vehicles were burnt by unknown suspects in two separate incidents in the North West. Photo: WERNER BEUKES
RUSTENBURG – A Nigerian national has been burnt to death in Rustenburg but North West police don’t believe the incident is related to violent protests in the area this week, according to media reports on Sunday.

READ: Calm returns to Mahikeng

Two vehicles were set alight in two separate incidents by a group of unknown people.

No one had been arrested and police were investigating, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported police spokesperson Ofentse Mokgadi as having said.

“We can confirm that in two separate incidents, two vehicles were burnt by unknown suspects. In one of the incidents, a man sustained serious burn wound injuries after being set alight. He later died in hospital.

“At this stage amotive is unknown and police are still investigating,” the broadcaster added.

Calm returned to the area after days of protests calling for the removal of North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

African News Agency

Teen faces terrorism charges in Florida school shooting

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CAPTION: OCALA, FL - APRIL 20: Marion County Police officers walk out Forest High School after a school shooting on April 20, 2018 in Ocala, Florida. It was reported that a former student shot a 17-year-old male student in the ankle The shooter is in custody.© (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images) CAPTION: OCALA, FL – APRIL 20: Marion County Police officers walk out Forest High School after a school shooting on April 20, 2018 in Ocala, Florida. It was reported that a former student shot a…

A 19-year-old who shot a Florida high school student on Friday shared the “adrenaline rush” he felt that morning and acknowledged he should not have had a gun.

Sky Bouche, 19, was arrested at Forest High School in Ocala on Friday — just hours before the students planned to participate in a nationwide gun violence protest to mark the anniversary of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School.

Instead, students and faculty barricaded themselves during the lockdown, and a 17-year-old boy was taken to a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the ankle.

Bouche faces several charges including terrorism and aggravated assault with a firearm, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Bouche originally planned a shooting of some kind on Friday the 13th before changing his mind and deciding to shoot up a school in order to attract more media attention, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Bouche also expressed to detectives that he felt ignored, and made statements that he could potentially conduct another shooting in the future,” the sheriff’s office said.

The teen, who later spoke to the Ocala Star Banner from Marion County Jail, described the rush he felt when he woke up on Friday and loaded his sawed-off shotgun, which he bought online without a background check.

“It’s not anger, it’s not hatred, it’s an adrenaline rush that, you know, I’m about to do something. I spend most of my time in a room alone so I’m getting this rush, so that’s what I was feeling,” he told the local news outlet.

Sky Bouche, 19, center, was arrested at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla., on Friday after he fired a shotgun and wounded a 17-year-old boy in the ankle.© Doug Engle/Ocala Star-Banner via AP Sky Bouche, 19, center, was arrested at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla., on Friday after he fired a shotgun and wounded a 17-year-old boy in the ankle.Bouche, a former student who dropped out in 2016, returned to Forest High School on Friday morning with the gun in a guitar case.

The teen was surprised he could simply waltz into the school bathroom, where he took out his weapon and put on a tactical vest and a pair of gloves.

By the time he stepped out of the bathroom, Bouche said he was overcome with a “disgusting feeling,” and fired the shotgun at the bottom of a locked classroom door before hearing someone scream.

Bouche, who said he “could’ve kept going,” threw down the gun and surrendered to a teacher.

Unaware that he wounded anyone, Bouche said, “I didn’t shoot anyone,” and apologized, adding, “It doesn’t matter anyway” as he was led from the school in handcuffs.

The shooting comes just two months after a gunman killed 17 people and wounded 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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Popular Ghanaian Rich Yahoo Boy “Ibrah” Arrested For Money Laundering (Photos)



Popular Ghanaian millionaire Ibrahim Daouda is reportedly in the grips of the police for money laundering charges.

Daouda, popularly known as Ibrah One is also alleged to have defrauded a friend to the tune $400,000.

Reports are that the flamboyant young man who is widely known for his niche for luxurious cars is being trailed by Interpol as well after a tip off by the friend he ‘duped’.

However, in a flurry of threatening messages on social media yesterday, Ibrah vowed not to go down alone if he is prosecuted.

He threatened a mass expose of all the money launderers in Ghana and said “if he goes down, all of them will go down.”

Source: Naija

Thugs That Raided the Senate stealing the Mace Finally Arrested

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Confirmed reports have it that; the suspected thugs who  reportedly invaded the Nigerian Senate earlier today and stole its mace have been identified. The five suspects have been arrested by the FCT police command after they brazenly broke into the chambers of the National assembly and forcefully escaped with the Mace, the symbol of authority of the nation’s legislature.

The criminals ALLEGEDLY led into the Red Chambers by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, are all from Delta State, and their names are:

Peter Orede – Warri South LGA

Blessing Edjeke from Abraka In Ethiope East LGA

Tuoyo Mabiaku – Warri North Local Government Area

Lucky Okomu from Oghara in Ethiope West LGA

Prince Enayemo – Ughelli South LGA


source: nai

Court Jails Security Guard For Negligent Conduct

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A Kado Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, sentenced a security guard, Shegun Adegbola, to one-month imprisonment for negligent conduct. Adegbola, who resides at Orozo Abuja, was convicted on one-count charge of negligent public conduct.

A Kado Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, sentenced a security guard, Shegun Adegbola, to one-month imprisonment for negligent conduct. Adegbola, who resides at Orozo Abuja, was convicted on one-count charge of negligent public conduct.

The judge, Alhaji Ahmed Ado, gave the judgment after he pleaded guilty of the offense and begged the court to have mercy on him.

Ado, however, gave him an option to pay N2,000 as fine. The judge held that the sentence would be a lesson for other would- be offenders. Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Zannah Dalhatu, told the court that one Adebayo Charles of Kako Security Organization Area 3 Abuja, reported the matter at the Utako Police Abuja, on April 8.

He said the accused (Adegbola) was assigned to secure Wrapper Resource Center Utako, but he abandoned his duty post and allowed unknown persons to steal two air conditioners valued N180,000. Dalhatu said that the offense contravened Section 196 of the Penal Code.

Kidnapping suspect arrested, but woman who was abducted still missing — INKLING LEAGUE

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Authorities on Tuesday continued the desperate search for a Tennessee woman, even after the man accused of attacking and kidnapping her was taken into custody hours earlier. Eric Wells, 43, was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping after he allegedly abducted Taryn Webster around 2:30 p.m. Monday, FOX13 Memphis reported. A witness said the 26-year-old woman was […]

via Kidnapping suspect arrested, but woman who was abducted still missing — INKLING LEAGUE

Woman Allowed 2-Year-Old To Smoke Meth, Police Say




A 20-year-old Florida woman is accused of allowing a 2-year-old child to smoke methamphetamine and to roll joints of marijuana. Kaitlyn Ecker was arrested Thursday on charges of child abuse and booked into the Wakulla County Jail, authorities announced Friday.

A child abuse investigation was first launched in January, when Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office detectives looked into allegations that Ecker had involved the child in meth and marijuana use at her home. Witnesses told detectives that the child smoked marijuana with Ecker and “joked” that the toddler knew how to “roll joints.”

Detectives were told that Ecker allowed the child to smoke methamphetamine with a pipe and that she used the drug herself. While executing a search warrant on January 19, detectives found drug paraphernalia.

Among the items found were two glass pipes with meth residue inside, a plastic pill bottle that had been made into a homemade smoking device, two grinders, a digital scale and a small plastic bag.

Ecker was arrested in January for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities also executed a search warrant for a blood and hair sample from Ecker and the two-year-old child. They received a toxicology report on March 15, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The report found that the toddler tested positive for “chronic” use of both methamphetamine and amphetamine. The finding indicated that the two-year-old had been exposed to the drug “several times or on one or more occasions.”

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office said that Ecker denied the owning the glass pipes in her bedroom as well as smoking or ingesting drugs in front of the child, with whom she shared a room with. Ecker admitted to smoking marijuana the night before being interrogated and smoking meth four months earlier. However, she denied knowing if the child had been exposed to drugs.

The sheriff’s office did not elaborate on the relationship between Ecker and the child, but The Miami Herald reported the 2-year-old was Ecker’s daughter.

Ecker was arrested again on Thursday and charged with child abuse, lewd and lascivious battery and transmission of harmful material to a minor.

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