Cash-in-transit robber found guilty, sentenced to 130 years in jail

Cash-in-transit robber found guilty, sentenced to 130 years in jail

- Stanford Manoko Diagoane has been found guilty on 15 charges relating to cash-in-transit heist which took place 4 years ago

- He has been given 2 life sentences and will serve 130 years in jail for his crimes

- He was arrested in 2018 in possession of 2 weapons which were linked the heist 4 years ago

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A cash-in-transit robber has been found guilty on 15 charges and sentenced to 2 life sentences, a total of 130 years.

Stanford Manoko Diagoane, 40, had the sentence handed down to him in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

Briefly.co.za learned that the heist Diagoane was involved in took place almost 4 years ago. He was arrested on the 7th July 2018 by the Gauteng Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit, Crime Intelligence and the Limpopo Tracking Team.

He was in possession of 2 assault rifles at his house in Soshanguve. The weapons were linked to a robbery near Marikana village on Soutpan Road, according to Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu.

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Cash-in-transit robber found guilty, sentenced to 130 years in jail

There has been a dramatic increase in cash-in-transit heists this year accord to Bheki Cele. Photo credit: Instagram/Bheki Cele
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“The armoured cash vehicle was accosted by the accused wherein the two security personnel were fatally wounded. The suspects used explosives to destroy the safe of the cash van and they fled with R641 000,” Mulamu said.

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Further investigations led to the arrest of Lizzy Lekgotoane, 68, Quomane Letshoa, 41, and Jabulani Mmamadi, 36, in Soshanguve according to The Citizen.

Lekgotoane was found not guilty and discharged on Thursday, the other two, Letshoa and Mmamadi did not survive to reach trial.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a cash-in-transit heist was caught on camera as thieves committed daylight robbery earlier this month. Thieves used explosives to blow up the van and they made away with an unknown amount of money.

Briefly.co.za learned that police spokesperson Col Brenda Muridili revealed that the armed robbers opened fire on the vehicle.

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that a CIT robbery took place at Ormonde Shopping Centre. CCTV footage of the incident was shared on Facebook by the Intelligence Bureau SA.

One video captured the CIT heist from inside one of the nearby shops while another was caught on CCTV cameras outside the building.

Several armed men are seen in the clips and a security guard, who surrendered for his own safety.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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