19-year-old teenage gang member sentenced to 12 years imprisonment

19-year-old teenage gang member sentenced to 12 years imprisonment

A 19-year-old teenage gang member was sentenced today in the Port Elizabeth Regional court for murder, attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

On 2 August 2017, a 27-year-old male was injured and his friend escaped unscathed. On the mentioned date at 15:25 the two friends were smoking in a yard in Bongo Street in Helenvale. As they were leaving the yard, two suspects entered the yard. Shots were fired at them and the 27-year-old male sustained a bullet wound to his upper arm while the other victim managed to flee. The suspects then ran out from the yard and fired at Andrew Rosenberg (26) who was standing at a gate in Bongo Street. Rosenberg sustained a fatal bullet wound to his head.

Two days later, the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Unit (Gang Investigation) arrested the teenager at a house in Leith Street. He remained in custody until the finalisation of the case. The second suspect (16) was also arrested and appeared in court however the case against him was withdrawn and he was released.

Today, 24 July 2019, Augusto Kamfer was sentenced as follows: 

1. Murder 12 years imprisonment

2. Attempted Murder and

3. Attempted Murder: 6 years imprisonment (Count 2 and 3 taken together for purposes of sentence)

4. Unlawful possession of firearm and

5. Unlawful possession of Ammunition: 5 years imprisonment (Count 4 and 5 taken together for purposes of sentence).

The sentences imposed in respect of Count 2, 3, 4 and 5 will run concurrently with the sentence imposed in respect of Count 1.

Effectively he will serve 12 years in prison. The accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.