Lockdown Murder: Former cop fired shotgun at unarmed man

Sibusiso Amos was inside his house when he was shot during a lockdown enforcement operation in March 2020. Three children were also injured.

Lockdown Murder: Former cop fired shotgun at unarmed man

A former policeman who gunned down a man in the sanctity of his home during a lockdown enforcement operation has been found guilty of murder in the Gauteng High Court. 

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane, said the former officer had shot and killed Sibusiso Amos with a shotgun in his home during hard lockdown in March 2020. Three children who were also inside the house at the time were injured during the shooting.

“The family of Sibusiso Amos, who was fatally shot by a security officer in March 2020 at Vosloorus when Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officers were enforcing Level 5 lockdown regulations, received justice following the conviction of Siphiwe George Ndlovu,” Mjonondwane said.

Ndlovu was found guilty of the lockdown murder, three counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

“Amos was shot inside the yard at his home after an argument broke out between him and the EMPD officers that were chasing patrons from a nearby tavern. Three children who were in the house were also wounded during the shooting.” Mjonondwane said.

“Amos was shot at close range by live ammunition, whilst standing behind a locked burglar gate. The bullet was fired from one of the EMPD officers’ shot gun,” he said.

Ndlovu told the court that he picked up the gun soon after the officer fell down following an attack from members of the community during the lockdown operation. He then saw a scuffle inside the yard between Amos and EMPD officers. He approached and fired shots towards Amos to scare him off in order to stop the scuffle. 

State advocate, Rolene Barnard, argued that Ndlovu was a former police officer, knowledgeable about gun handling and precautionary measures to take when using guns. She asked the court to take into consideration the fact that Amos had been shot at the sanctity of his own home, that he was unarmed and had not provoked the officers.

The court rejected Ndlovu’s evidence as highly improbable and accepted the evidence of state witnesses. 

Judge Thifhelimbilu Mudau remarked that evidence provided by state witnesses was more reliable. 

The lockdown murder case was postponed to 29 June for arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentence.

Source : The South African More   

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Sergio Ramos to leave Real Madrid after 671 matches

Legendary captain Sergio Ramos is to leave Real Madrid after a glittering, trophy-laden career spanning 671 games and 16 seasons.

Sergio Ramos to leave Real Madrid after 671 matches

Legendary captain Sergio Ramos is to leave Real Madrid after a glittering, trophy-laden career spanning 671 games and 16 seasons, the club announced on Wednesday.

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Real said there would be an “act of tribute and farewell” to the four-time Champions League winner on Thursday in the presence of club president Florentino Perez.

The announcement follows an injury-wracked 2020/21 campaign where the 35-year-old Ramos appeared in only 21 games in all competitions, his fewest in a 16-year career at Madrid. He has played just five times since the start of the year.

The veteran defender and national team captain was omitted from Spanish coach Luis Enrique’s Euro 2020 squad because of his lack of playing time.  

Sergio Ramos joined Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2005, the sole Spaniard brought in during Perez’s first stint as president, the first Galacticos era that saw a major superstar signed every season.

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A towering presence at the back, Ramos was also a prolific goalscorer, netting 101 times for Real including the 93rd-minute equaliser in the 2014 Champions League final against bitter rivals Atletico Madrid.

They went on to dominate their city rivals 4-1 after extra time, first of Real’s stunning run of four Champions League triumphs in five years.

He is one of the club’s most decorated players, having won five La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and two Copas del Rey. 

He won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, and the European Championship in both 2008 and 2012, but has often been a polarising figure outside Madrid.

Ramos holds the record for the most red cards in La Liga history at 20, and was sent off 26 times in all competitions for Madrid.

A fierce competitor, he has come under fire for his harsh tackling including the infamous takedown of Mohamed Salah during the 2018 Champions League final that left the Liverpool star with a dislocated shoulder.

This season Ramos missed games after catching Covid-19 and also because of a series of injuries to his right thigh, left calf and left hamstring.

He was in Madrid’s squad for the final La Liga game against Villarreal but did not play.

According to Spanish media, Real and Ramos had not been able to reach an agreement on an extension of his contract, which will expire on June 30.

The club wanted to offer him a one-year deal with a 10 percent cut in salary in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, while Ramos wanted a two-season extension, according to reports.

The absence of record Spain appearance holder Ramos means there is not a single Madrid player in Enrique’s squad at Euro 2020.

Ramos has played 180 times for his country, scoring 23 times a tally that puts him eighth on Spain’s all-time goalscorers’ list.

He represented Spain at four World Cups and three European Championships and was a key member of the squads that lifted the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 Euros.

Ramos will become a free agent after June 30 with a host of top European clubs, including Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, reported to be interested in signing the veteran.

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