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Life Sentences and 216 Years Handed Down to Cash-in-Transit Heist Criminals

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The Eastern Cape Hawks has achieved a notable victory against crime with the sentencing of two notorious criminals involved in a spate of violent cash-in-transit heists. The Makhanda High Court handed down life sentences and a combined 216-year imprisonment to the accused, in a decision deeply commended by the law enforcement community.

On the 19th of February 2024, Lwando Ntiyantiya (36) and Nkosekhaya Lloyd (38) faced the full might of the law for their involvement in a series of heinous crimes. These included four counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, three counts of attempted murder, and multiple firearm-related charges.

The Eastern Cape Hawks Head, Major General Mboiki Obed Ngwenya, expressed his satisfaction with the outcome: “The collaborative efforts between the investigation team and the National Prosecuting Authority have paid off, securing a punitive and just sentence for these felons.”

Following an aggressive armed robbery of a G4S armoured vehicle, the Centane Crime Prevention Unit swung into action, arresting Ntiyantiya and Lloyd on 25 March 2022. Their rapid response was pivotal in preventing further harm, although the tragic loss of an innocent bystander, caught in the crossfire and used as a human shield, cast a grim shadow over the incident.

“The East London-based Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit of the Hawks conducted an extensive probe linking the accused to multiple cash-in-transit armed robberies,” further explained Major General Ngwenya, lauding the meticulous and thorough work of the authorities involved.

The tireless work of the police and the court has culminated in a sentence that is hoped to serve as a deterrence against similar crimes. The breakdown of the judgement includes life imprisonment for murder and significant additional terms for the variety of charges levelled against the pair. With the imposition of concurrent sentences for certain charges, Ntiyantiya and Lloyd are set to spend a considerable portion of their lives behind bars.

Major General Ngwenya concluded with a stern warning to would-be offenders: “Let this be a message to those who consider breaking the law that the South African justice system is more than equipped to handle such threats with the utmost severity.”

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