A person who ripped off gear from cell phone base stations within the Western Cape has been handed a 500-year jail sentence, although he’ll spend not more than 13 years behind bars in observe.
The Nationwide Prosecuting Authority stated in an announcement on Friday that David Jenkins was sentenced by a regional courtroom in Cape City to 20 years’ imprisonment for every of the 25 counts he was going through, which amounted to a complete of over 500 years.
The courtroom suspended seven years of every of the 20 years, which resulted within the an efficient 13 years’ imprisonment for every rely. The courtroom ordered that the sentences run concurrently, nevertheless, that means he’ll serve a most of 13 years in jail.
Based on the NPA, the 30-year-old Jenkins confessed that between 11 January 2018 and 9 February 2019, he stole broadband-over-power-line playing cards and “BPKd” playing cards from MTN cellphone towers throughout Cape City and a few elements of the Boland.
The worth of the gear he stole amounted to R1.7-million.
He additionally stole “small-form pluggable optical modules” from Cell C websites. These are compact media connectors that present instantaneous fibre connectivity for networking gear, the NPA defined.
“There’s a sharp improve in a lot of these offences within the jurisdiction of this courtroom,” stated prosecutor Ronelle Stone. “The results of those offences are of a really severe nature and the punishment imposed ought to serve to guard society.” — (c) 2020 NewsCentral Media