15 years in prison

By Mbulelo Sisulu

They are going to spend 15 years in prison. The Port Elizabeth Regional Court sentenced Junaid Spiers (23) and Stanton Filander (38) to 15 years imprisonment for shooting a 23-year-old Sindaire Strause (which left him paralysed), robbing his cellphone and a few bottles of beer.

This follows their conviction on various charges including attempted murder, robbery and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

On 13 August 2018 at Schauderville in Port Elizabeth, Strause visited a tavern to buy beer when he was approached by Filander, who then tried to rob him of his beers and cellphone. However, Strause resisted and a scuffle ensued. Filander then went to Spiers, another Schauderville resident, to fetch a firearm. He returned to the tavern and shot at Strause several times. He collapsed at the scene, rushed to hospital and subsequently became paralysed.

Strause’s mother testified that their lives changed after the shooting as her son became wheelchair bound and was unable to do much for himself. The prosecutor, Advocate Benedict Wilson, said the two men wanted the court to show mercy towards them yet they showed no remorse throughout the trial, “they were brutal, cowards and ruthless”, he said.

Magistrate Thobile Jikela further sentenced Spiers and Filander to three years for possession of a firearm and ammunition. In addition, Filander was sentenced to six years for robbery.

Eastern Cape NPA Regional spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani said the court ordered for the sentences to run concurrently meaning that the two will serve 15-years direct imprisonment.

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