THIEF WHO TARGETED CELLPHONE TOWERS SENTENCED TO 500 YEARS IN JAIL
30-year-old David Jenkins was given prison sentences totaling 500 years on Thursday.
David admitted to 25 thefts at cellphone towers before the Cape Town regional court.
He pleaded guilty to the theft of kit worth nearly R1.7m in January and February of 2018.
He was sentenced to twenty years’ imprisonment for every of the 25 counts of theft with seven years of every theft suspended. The remaining 13-year prison terms are going to be served concurrently.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said Jenkins mainly targeted MTN towers in Dunoon, Table View, Paarl, Bellville, Parow, Strand, Lwandle, Mowbray, Hermanus, Hawston, Durbanville, Duinefontein, Melkbosstrand, Kraaifontein, Eerste River, Goodwood, Athlone, Delft, Elsies River and Milnerton.
David stole broadband equipment during a series of crimes which the prosecutor, Ronelle Stone, said were particularly difficult to unravel .
“There may be a sharp increase within the se sorts of offences in the jurisdiction of this court. the results of those offences are of a really serious nature and therefore the punishment imposed should serve to guard society,” said Stone.