Former Western Cape police chief sentenced to 6 years in jail for fraud

Former Western Cape police chief sentenced to 6 years in jail for fraud

- Former Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer has been sentenced to an effective 6 years behind bars for corruption

- The Western Cape High Court sentenced Lamoer to 8 years behind bars with 2 years being suspended for 5 years

- Judge Roshenie Allie said a jail sentence was appropriate because police corruption could not be tolerated

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Former Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer has been handed an effective six-year prison sentence for corruption. The Western Cape High Court sentenced Lamoer to eight years behind bars with two years being suspended for five years.

Lamoer and his co-accused, former brigadiers Darius Van Der Ross and Colin Govender, as well as businessman Saleem Dawjee, entered into a plea agreement with the state in February. Dawjee admitted giving the police official’s gratification gifts.

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Despite the defence and the state agreeing that a non-custodial sentence would be appropriate for Lamoer and the co-accused, Judge Roshenie Allie handed down prison terms and said jail time was appropriate because police corruption could no longer be tolerated.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Lamoer felt his guilty plea on all the charges showed that he expressed regret and was remorseful for his actions.

Dawjee also received a six-year sentence for his part in the crime. He admitted to giving police official’s gifts such as cash, holidays, clothes and petrol in exchange for special favours.

Govender was sentenced to four years and van der Ross to two years behind bars.

Lamoer’s daughters were in the gallery when the sentences were handed down, they were seen crying and holding each other as Judge Allie send their father to prison.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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