Western Cape: The Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General KE Jula commended the investigating officers, Detective Captain Randall Beets and Detective Sergeant Riaan September for their dedication and commitment in tracing and apprehending such
dangerous criminals and removing them from the community. General Jula further extended a big word of thanks and appreciation to the community for assisting the SAPS with information in solving the case.
This sentencing is an indication of the high priority placed by SAPS on our investigations into priority crimes, such as crimes perpetrated against children who died in gang violence.
On 2016-09-28, Leo Dominick a 15-year-old, Grade 11 learner at Elsies River High School, was fatally wounded as he fled
from the gunfire. The teenager was caught in the crossfire just before midday in the street near his home in Europa Link, Eureka Estate, Ravensmead. He was standing at the gate of his friend's home when shots were fired and people ran for cover.
He ran into his friend's house where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries and died on the scene. Within two weeks, four suspects were arrested who were members of the "26" Bad Rush gang on a charge of Murder and other related charges. Judgement was served in the Cape Town High Court on 2019-02-06.
Sentencing handed down are as follows:
Accused 1: Rodrigo Coetzee (26 years old)
- Life sentence for murder
- Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA) - 6 years (Gang member)