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'Robber' unmasked

By unknown | Apr 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

A Somali shopowner trading in East London yesterday told the regional court how he was robbed by three masked armed men at his shop.

Speaking with the help of a Somali interpreter, Hassa Ali Muhamed said the culprits, with two pistols and a knife, stormed into his shop in September. He said one man kicked open the door of the shop and the other one pointed a firearm at him. They allegedly took R2000 cash, cigarettes and a cellphone.

Yesterday one of the alleged robbers, Alfred Willy, pleaded not guilty to the charge. But Muhamed insisted that he was among the robbers.

"His mask fell down while he was busy collecting stuff in my shop and that is how I identified him," he said.

He said Willy swore at him while the other robbers ordered him not to look at them. Asked how he could identify Willy, Muhamed said Willy had bought from his shop for almost two years. Muhamed said he did not know who the other men were.


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