Alleged Cape gangster gets 35 years in jail

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CAPE TOWN - Alleged gangster John Arnoldus, also known as “Mortie”, has been sentenced to 35 years imprisonment for two murders and attempted murder committed in January 2016, Western Cape police said on Sunday.

The 32-year-old was sentenced in the Bellville Regional Court in Cape Town.

On 4 January 2016, a Somali national was shot dead at his shop at about 4am by an unknown man, Captain FC van Wyk said.

Then on 30 January 2016 at about 1.40am, shots were fired in William Taylor and Nick Kearns streets in Bellville South. A man was fatally wounded and another was wounded and taken to a hospital.

The wounded man told police who the shooter was.

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Police followed up leads and a tracing operation was launched.

Arnoldus evaded arrest until November 2016, when he was finally taken into custody.

He was linked to the 4 January shooting through ballistic reports showing the same firearm had been used in both shootings. 

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Arnoldus was subsequently released on bail in February 2017 and committed another crime, which led to his re-arrest in November 2017.

He remained in custody until he was sentenced on 1 March 2018, van Wyk said.