Cellphone towers thief bags 500 years jail term

Thief who targeted cellphone towers sentenced to 500 years in jail

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30-year-old David Jenkins was given prison sentences totaling 500 years on Thursday.

David admitted to 25 thefts at cellphone towers before the Cape Town regional court.

He pleaded guilty to the theft of equipment worth nearly R1.7m in January and February of 2018.

He was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for each of the 25 counts of theft with seven years of each theft suspended. The remaining 13-year prison terms will be served concurrently.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said Jenkins mainly targeted MTN towers in Dunoon, Table View, Paarl, Bellville, Parow, Strand, Lwandle, Mowbray, Hermanus, Hawston, Durbanville, Duinefontein, Melkbosstrand, Kraaifontein, Eerste River, Goodwood, Athlone, Delft, Elsies River and Milnerton.

David stole broadband equipment in a series of crimes which the prosecutor, Ronelle Stone, said were particularly difficult to solve.

“There is a sharp increase in these types of offences in the jurisdiction of this court. The consequences of these offences are of a very serious nature and the punishment imposed should serve to protect society,” said Stone.

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