Another halt to long-running kidnap and murder case

FURTHER POSTPONEMENT: Camera-shy gangsters appear in the Port Elizabeth High Court. Picture: MIKE HOLMES
FURTHER POSTPONEMENT: Camera-shy gangsters appear in the Port Elizabeth High Court. Picture: MIKE HOLMES

THE sentencing of six men – who allegedly belong to the notorious Ah Shene gang – was halted in the Port Elizabeth High Court yesterday as two pre-sentencing reports had not been compiled.

In October Bramwell Kamineth, Elton Sampson, Christopher Plaatjies, Lorenzo Thorne and Romano Matthews were convicted of kidnapping and murdering Chevan Petersen in 2008. A sixth, Bijorn Jordaan, was convicted of stealing Petersen’s ring.

He has been released and is out on warning until sentencing.

The Bethelsdorp scene of the murder was allegedly a notorious drug post run by the Ah Shene gang.

The matter is one of the biggest gang-related cases in Nelson Mandela Bay as the trial started out with 13 accused.

During the course of the trial Hans Jordaan was discharged, while three other accused – Alberto Sampson, Craig Lloyd and Adriano Scheepers – have died.

Mark Louw, Rumano McCarthy and Roger Hanse were acquitted.

The matter was postponed until September 15 for sentencing. – Lee-Anne Butler

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