Technician convicted for theft of cellphone tower batteries and equipment

PRETORIA – A 31-year-old cell phone technician David Jenkins has been sentenced to an effective 15 years imprisonment by the Cape Town Regional Court last week Tuesday.

Jenkins was arrested in February 2018, following a Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation into various cases of theft of network providers’ tower batteries and equipment.

He was linked to at least 29 cases which occurred in January to February 2018 in the Cape Peninsula.

The accused was implicated in all these cases after it was found that he used duplicate keys to illegally access the sites.

The accused was sentenced on each charge to twenty (20) years imprisonment, of which five (5) years has been suspended for a period of five (5) years on condition that the accused is not found guilty of theft or similar charges.

The sentences have been ordered to run concurrently. Jenkins has been in custody since his arrest and the court has additionally declared him unfit to possess a firearm in terms of the provisions of the Firearm Control Act.

 

Source: South African Police Service

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