Rainbow Crescent murder accused sentenced to 10 years behind bars

Leston Govender has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars.

Meticulous investigations and team work resulted in the conviction of 29-year-old Leston Govender, who was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for murder and attempted murder in the Durban Regional Court, recently.

Govender was responsible for the death of a 65-year-old man, who was found murdered in Rainbow Crescent, Westcliff, on June 29, 2014.

Communications officer of the Chatsworth SAPS, Cpt Cheryl Pillay, said the case was assigned to seasoned investigator, Det W/O Robin Singh, who arrested the accused a few weeks later.

“After three years of intensive investigations, securing witnesses, awaiting forensic analysis, the state closed its case and found the accused guilty,” she said.

Meanwhile, Bongani Simphiwe (29) and Zakhe Mkhize (26) were found guilty of murder at the Durban Regional Court recently as well.

“On November 8, 2011, police responded to a complaint at the RK Khan Hospital. It was alleged that a man with multiple stab wounds, was taken to the hospital for medical attention and he succumbed to his injuries. The case of murder was assigned to Det W/O Rama Moodley, who made every effort to arrest the two suspects and place them before the criminal justice system,” added Cpt Pillay.

Station commander of the Chatsworth SAPS, Brig Coenraad Marais, commended both investigators for their successful convictions.

“The investigators can seldom ensure convictions on their own as they need expertise of other departments such as the local criminal record centre, forensic analysts and prosecutors. It is imperative for complainants and witnesses to follow through with their cases. They also play a vital role in placing criminals behind bars,” he said.

Brig Marais further stated that this verdict is indicative of the commitment of the men and women in blue who have flown the South African Police flag with pride.

“We remain committed to the community of Chatsworth and will persist in apprehending perpetrators of crime who commit violent crimes. I am pleased with the sentence meted out by the Department of Justice. Det W/O Robin Singh and Det W/O Rama Moodley believe that in order to be successful in solving cases, team work is required. From the onset, uniformed personnel, investigators, experts from other departments such as LCRC and Forensic and prosecutors played a pivotal part in ensuring these criminals were removed from society and placed behind bars,” he added.

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