End of an era for Zimbabwean jail breaker…man to serve three life sentences

THE HERALD – A 34-year-old Zimbabwean man was on Tuesday jailed for three life sentences and an additional 226 years’ imprisonment by the Pretoria High Court after he was convicted for 26 counts for crimes including, rape, murder, illegal migration, kidnapping, house breaking, escaping from jail, unlawful possession or a fire arm and ammunition, and robbery.

National Prosecution Authority (NPA), Gauteng Division: Pretoria spokesperson Ms Lumka Mahanjana confirmed the sentences and that the man was arrested after escaping from jail in 2020 where he had been serving a 15-year jail term for house breaking and robbery.

“Leonard Lemmy Chauke (34), from Olievenhoutbosch, an illegal Zimbabwean migrant has been sentenced by the Pretoria High Court to three life terms for two counts of rape and murder,” she said.

“He was also sentenced to 80 years’ direct imprisonment, for four counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, 90 years’ direct imprisonment for six counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, 15 years’ direct imprisonment, for five counts of housebreaking, 15 years’ direct imprisonment for three counts of kidnapping.



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