A Provincial Gang Investigation Unit Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said they have  managed to secure a life sentence for 26-year-old Leroy Tshakatsha, associated to Kakmakers gang who was sentenced in the PE High Court on Thursday.

He had  been sentenced to life Imprisonment for alleged murder and six years for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

It was reported that on the 18th of March 2016, the victim Jermain Constable who was 32 years at the time of his death was standing inside the yard of a spaza shop in Bushwick Street in Ext 32 in Bethelsdorp  when he was confronted by the Tshakatsha and another person.

“The accused pulled out a firearm and repeatedly shot Constable,” Naidu said.

“The accused fled the scene and ran into police who were attending another crime scene not far from the shooting and who were responding to the shooting from the accused. Both men were arrested and a firearm and the deceased’s jacket was found not far from where they were arrested.”

Naidu said the two suspect appeared in court for murder but was later withdrawn until juridical analysis.

“A month later, after obtaining more evidence, Tshakatsha was re-arrested and charged for murder. He remained in custody until the finalisation of the case. The accused was positively linked through touch DNA.”

Naidu said he as found guilty on Tuesday and the life sentence is the 12th life sentence handed out to gang associate since October 2016

“The thorough investigation of the case in collaboration with the prosecuting authority as well as evidence of witnesses not only help in the eradication of crime and criminality but also enables the SAPS to provide a safe and secure environment for the communities they serve,” Major General Funeka Siganga a Commander for Mount Road Cluster said, after commending the officer for a nice investigation.