Doornfontein thief sentenced

Jean Paul Smith, who was recently found guilty and sentenced.

A man who recently claimed to have been assaulted by police was found guilty on another charge in the Oberholzer Magistrates’ Court.
On 25 January, Jean Paul Smith (33), a resident of Doornfontein, was found guilty of theft and sentenced to a fine of R4 500 or three months’ imprisonment, R1 500 or a month of which is suspended for five years. If he is found
guilty of the same offence during this time, the suspended sentence will automatically kick in.
According to Col Wessel Prinsloo of the Carletonville Detective Services, this sentence stems from an incident in November last year in which Smith stole items from vehicles that were being towed in by the towing business in
Carletonville where he worked at the time.
During an inspection, his employer noticed that items were missing from the towed vehicles and confronted Smith.
It later emerged that Smith had used his cell phone to inform his wife that he was going to sell the stolen goods, which were later found back. Smith is not a newcomer to trouble. He was found guilty of assault and crimen injuria
in 2016 and, in 2008, he was found guilty of being in possession of drugs.
The case of business theft, in which Smith claims members of the police in Carletonville had assaulted him, is also still being heard in court. This assault is currently being investigated by the Independent Complaints Directorate.
At the time of Smith’s alleged assault, a warrant of arrest had been issued for him because he had failed to show up in court.

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