A Mongrels thug will spend the next 18 years in prison for brazenly opening fire on police and injuring a bystander. Following a lengthy and thorough investigation by Detective Sergeant Clifton Slingers, Monray Martin was sentenced to 18 years at Pollsmoor Prison.
After more than two years of extensive investigstions, 26 year old Monray Martin was finally sentenced at the Wynberg Regional Court after being found guilty of attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
According to Grassy Park SAPS commander Colonel Dawood Laing, Martin was caught with a gun within minutes of opening fire on cops.
On 17 January 2017 officers responded to a complaint about a suspicious male with a firearm on the corner of Third Avenue and Lake Road.
According to Laing when Martin saw the police he opened fire and hit an innocent bystander in the face as he tried to escape from the police.
Laing says cops were not injured and pounced on the thief catching him with a pistol and five rounds in the magazine.
He appeared in court shortly afterwards where the investigating officer Detective Sergeant Clifton Slingers, successfully opposed bail and he was kept in custody.
Martin was sentenced to 10 years for each of the two attempted murders, five years for possession of an unlicensed firearm and three years for the possession of ammunition. He will serve an effective 18 years direct imprisonment at Pollsmoor Prison.
Laing says the station’s management is proud of Slingers for his hard work and dedication on the case to ensure the conviction.
He says with the co-operation of the community, a dangerous thief has been taken off the streets of Ottery.
Laing hopes this sentence serves as a warning to gangsters who open fire on police,as an innocent man was gunned down and could have died as a result of Martin’s reckless actions.
Laing said such a conviction would be impossible without cooperation from the community who come forward and make statements.
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