Brothers get 10 years in jail for 2008 robbery

Three brothers could share a cell for the next decade after the Port Elizabeth Regional Court sentenced them to jail for robbing a Lovemore Heights home more than six years ago.

The Dyamani brothers, Ayanda, 25, Luthando, 28, and Melikhaya, 29, were each sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, while co-accused Sakhile Mbombosi, 22, received an eight-year sentence for a robbery that left a family so traumatised they decided to emigrate.

Along with a fifth accused, Thandolwethu Jack, who turned state witness, the culprits identified a house and studied the residents meticulously before forcing their way into the home in September 2008.

The robbers stole electronic goods worth about R150 000.

Luthando Dyamani is already serving a 12-year sentence for another robbery he was convicted of in 2012, and 30 months of yesterday’s sentence will run concurrently.

– Riaan Marais

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